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Understanding Foot Care: Pedicurists, Podiatrists, and Chiropodists Explained


When it comes to taking care of your feet, understanding the distinctions between various professionals and their roles is crucial. After all, our feet are the unsung heroes of our daily lives, carrying us through each step with unwavering resilience. Whether you’re seeking to pamper your feet for cosmetic reasons or addressing serious medical concerns, knowing who to turn to is the first step toward healthier, happier feet.

In this blog, we embark on a journey through the world of foot care, shedding light on the roles of pedicurists, podiatrists, and chiropodists. We’ll clarify the differences between these specialists, helping you make informed decisions about your foot health and aesthetics. So, whether you’re considering a relaxing pedicure, dealing with a nagging foot issue, or simply eager to learn more about this fascinating field, read on to unravel the intricacies of foot care. Let’s put our best foot forward on the path to well-being and beauty.



Pedicurists are non-medical cosmetic foot care professionals who’s task is emphasising the appearance and improving the general hygiene of your feet. They offer services like nail grooming, skin exfoliation, callous removal, foot massages and nail Polish or gel polish application. A pedicurist (UK of USA) focuses on making your feet look and feel better aesthetically. It’s important to note that while the term may vary in different countries, the role remains consistent as a non-medical professional providing cosmetic foot care.



Podiatrists (a more modern name for chiropodist)Are Medical foot specialists and are medically trained specialists who address medical foot conditions. A podiatrist known by different names in various countries, for example a chiropodist in the UK is a medical foot care professional, trained to diagnose, treat and care for medical conditions related to the feet and lower limbs. They have extensive medical education and experience allowing them to provide comprehensive medical care for various foot issues.

Podiatrists & Chiropodists

Medical professionals known as podiatrists and chiropodists possess the expertise to diagnose and treat a wide range of foot-related issues. This includes infections, injuries, deformities, and chronic diseases. In cases where surgery is required, they are qualified to perform minor procedures. Additionally, these specialists are skilled at crafting customized insoles, padding, and arch support solutions to enhance the comfort and health of your feet when wearing shoes.

Regardless of the terminology used, podiatrists are medically trained specialists who address medical foot conditions.

In the Netherlands (where I live) a Pedicure & Medial Pedicure that have an AGB code are medically trained foot specialists, a pedicure without access to that code can remove callous, deal with ingrown toenails, treat fungal infections (after diagnosis) etc and a cosmetic pedicurist is a non-medical foot care professional as above.

Remember, it’s essential to pick the right professional for your unique needs and worries. Your feet deserve the best care, and knowing who to turn to can make all the difference in keeping them happy and healthy.

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