Chiropodists, also sometimes known as podiatrists, treat a wide variety of abnormalities and conditions of the foot and lower limb, from verrucas and ingrown toenails, to arthritis.
Chiropodists work with people of all ages, but also play an important role in helping older people, and disabled people, to stay mobile and independent.
Chiropody is available on the site but each case is assessed on an individual basis. Whether or not you receive free treatment will depend on how serious your condition is and how quickly it needs to be treated. If your condition is unlikely to affect your health, or mobility, you may not be eligible for treatment.
People with diabetes
Most people with diabetes who need to see a chiropodist are treated as priority cases, like people with severe diabetes, older people, and disabled.
To have treatment with a chiropodist, you will need a referral from your GP, practice nurse or health visitor. your case will be assessed, and you will be added to a waiting list. If necessary, it may be possible to arrange a chiropodist to come out to your home.
Tell your Doctor if you will need to have a home visit.
If free NHS treatment is not available in your area, your GP can still refer you to a local clinic for private treatment, but you will have to pay.
If you decide to contact a chiropodist yourself, make sure that they are fully qualified, registered with the Health Professionals Council (HPC) and that they are an accredited member of one of the following organizations