FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions!):
As a Podiatrist I get asked this question daily. Simply, there is no difference. Podiatrist is just a more modern name.
The name was changed to Podiatry in 1993, as it’s the international recognized name for a foot specialist.
As Podiatrist’s, we have trained at university and are qualified in all areas of foot health care.
Podiatrists do provide a nail cutting service, but are also more medically based.
This includes injecting local anaesthesia, nail surgery, prescribing medication, wound care and diabetic foot care. We are professionals in foot health!
PS: I'm a fully-qualified Podiatrist and a proud member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.
Surgery is really the only way to get rid of bunions.
However, there are things you can do to ease any pain they cause:
- Wear wide shoes with low heel and a soft sole
- Try bunion pads (soft pads you put in shoes to stop them rubbing on a bunion)
- Hold an ice pack to the bunion for up to 5 minutes at a time
- Do not wear high heels or tight, pointy shoes
It is important to make sure that you cut your toenails straight across, leaving them long enough that the corners lie loosely against the skin at the sides.
NB: Don’t cut your toenails too short and don’t round the edges!