The Role and Scope of Practice of the Podiatrist in Modern Health Care in Ireland Students of the first cohort of Podiatry at NUI Galway School of Health Sciences, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland. What is Podiatry?. Who do Podiatrists Treat?.
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in Modern Health Care in Ireland
Students of the first cohort of Podiatry at NUI Galway
School of Health Sciences, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
What is Podiatry?
Who do Podiatrists Treat?
What qualifications should a podiatrist have?
Podiatry is a medical profession which deals with the health and disorders of the lower limb and foot. A podiatrist works as an autonomous practitioner and will assess, diagnose and treat a wide range of lower limb disorders.
Podiatrists will treat anyone with foot problems from birth to old age. Particular patient groups include the elderly, people living with diabetes, children and people presenting with abnormalities/ deformities/ foot pathologies.
What is the difference between Podiatry and Chiropody?
What is the scope of practice of a podiatrist?
The two terms are actually interchangeable.
The word Chiropody is derived from “Chiro” meaning hand and “pody” meaning feet. The more modern term is “podiatry” which refers to the foot. The term podiatry is used in all English speaking countries.
Knowledge and treatments in healthcare have advanced and treatment of the lower limb and feet have progressed, along side this is the increasing scope of practice of the podiatrist. The term Podiatry better reflects our modern scope of practice.
The future of Podiatry in Ireland
With the new course underway in Galway the future for Podiatry in Ireland is bright!
It is important that the public and other health professionals have a better understanding of Podiatry and this can be achieved through:
Raising public awareness
Raising awareness to other health professionals regarding our scope of practice
Having confidence in our Profession
Increased job opportunities
Establishing diabetic foot services
Expanding into other areas e.g. sports injuries GAA- Gaelic football, hurling, soccer
Where do Podiatrists Work?