What is the difference between Chiropody and Podiatry?

May 18, 2021

This is a question we get asked on a daily basis.

All the members of our team are qualified Podiatrists, but what does that mean and why aren’t we called Chiropodists?

I find the easiest way to remember it is that Chiropody is anything to do with the skin or nails and Podiatry is pain or discomfort coming from inside the foot.

When someone wanted to become a Chiropodist, they would train for 1 or 2 years and specialise in treatments involving nail care, calluses, corns and verrucas.

In recent years, there are no Chiropody courses available as the name was changed to “Podiatry”.

Podiatrists spend 3-4 years in university and specialise in all treatments related to Chiropody, along with lower leg pain, foot pain and gait analysis. 

So, here at South Dublin Podiatry we have two main appointments; “Chiropody” and “Podiatry” which involve a wide range of lower-limb and foot conditions.

I have broken down some of the common conditions that we treat for both categories.


Chiropody Appointments

Thickened nail

Fungal nails                                                                                       

Ingrown nails

Hard skin/ Callus




Dry skin

Athletes Foot


Diabetic foot assessments

General foot care advice


Podiatry Appointments

General foot/ ankle/ leg pain

Plantar fasciitis

Turf toe

Heel pain


Metatarsalgia (pain on the ball of the foot)

Gait analysis

Toe and foot deformities 


There are a lot of conditions related to the feet and I have only mentioned the common ones that we see. If you have any concerns about your feet be sure to give us a call or pop in to get more information from one of our Podiatrists.

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