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Chiropodists are professionals who examine, detect, diagnose and treat diseases and disorders of the foot by means of medical and surgical techniques.

Diseases such as diabetes or arthritis are initially manifested by disorders of the extremities, specifically the feet. In this regard, chiropodists must be capable of identifying these diseases and referring patients to appropriate specialists.
Although the classic image of the chiropodist is someone who examines and treats nail problems, corns or fungus, they also perform other functions such as the correction of deformities such as flat feet, the prescription and monitoring of orthopaedics and the treatment of blood circulation problems, ulcers or other skin-related disorders of the feet.

They are the only specialists with university-level training in diseases of the foot and can specialise in several areas: children¿s, geriatric, sports physical and preventive chiropody.


The main duties of the chiropodist are those listed below:
  • Examine and identify foot diseases and conditions.
  • Examine and diagnose patients and, if the disease or condition is something other than a foot problem, refer them to the appropriate specialist.
  • Care for and treat diseases of the foot by means of the following medical techniques:
    Quiropodiatry: to treat skin disorders such as corns or calluses, nail alterations such as deformed or ingrown toenails, and infections such as fungi and papillomas.
    Foot Surgery: to heal foot problems such as hammer toe, claw toe and bunions, in addition to others.
    Orthopaedics: to treat deformations using prosthetics or special inserts for high arches, flat feet or hallux valgus.
  • Treat neurological and traumatic problems of the feet caused by impact or accidents.
  • Employ curative and maintenance techniques for professionals who are highly susceptible to foot maladies because of their work. For example: athletes, artists and dependent people.
  • Prescribe appropriate medication to treat foot problems.
  • Collaborate with other health professionals in the adaptation and use of technical aids or prostheses in accordance with the physical, psychological and social state of the patient.
  • Perform clinical management which is focussed on the patient and makes efficient use of health resources.
  • Clinically document each of their patients' cases.
  • Safeguard the confidentiality of each patient.

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