General Info

An established profession

The history of podiatry began when man started walking upright! The great philosophers such as Socrates and Hippocrates studied anatomy and movement; and it was Socrates (471-401 BC) who said “To him whose feet hurt, everything hurts.” Leonardo Di Vinci (dates) made many anatomical drawings of the foot, in his studies of human anatomy and movement. He said “The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.”

The first constituent body of chiropodists was formed in 1912. The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists was founded in 1945.

Independent Research

Independent research studies into many conditions affecting the lower limb and feet support podiatric treatments. Podiatrists use evidence based treatments to help improve your health, posture, balance, dynamic function and mobility. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines recommend that people with diabetes should see a podiatrist regularly to maintain and monitor their foot health.

Podiatry is an holistic form of treatment; ‘holistic’ means that your general state of health and your work and social lifestyle will be taken into account, not just the area that is causing you pain. Advice and exercises will be given to help prevent your problem recurring. Your Podiatrist will always look at the cause of your problem, not just the symptoms, to prevent a recurrence of your problems.

Degree education and statutory registration

Podiatrists study for three years to gain their Bachelor of Science degree qualification. They study anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, dermatology, biomechanics and nail surgery. Podiatrists are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and must be registered with this body to continue to practice. The name ‘podiatrist’ is protected by law and only those registered may use the title.

Multidisciplinary approach

Body Consultancy offers various forms of treatment. In addition to podiatric treatment, chiropractic, osteopathy, physiotherapy, massage therapy and sports massage therapy are also available. Your podiatrist may refer you, with your consent, to one of the other practitioners within the clinic if required. We also have an excellent relationship with local consultants and surgeons.

At Body Consultancy we offer individualized treatments for each patient, not just ‘standard routine’ as may be offered elsewhere. The podiatrist will take time to assess you thoroughly and work with you and your body to find a treatment plan that works best for you.