Chiropodist Auckland | Leading Chiropody Team

We have an experienced, trusted and dedicated team of chiropodists to help with a range of foot and ankle pains and problems. Located in Remuera, our chiropodists work diligently to do everything from accelerating your healing from injury, to removing your painful corns or warts, to improving your comfort on your feet and minimising your injury risk using custom foot orthotics.

Auckland Chiropodist

For those that have never been to see a chiropodist, or have only had one specific problem treated and aren’t sure about what else a chiropodist can do, we’ve shared ten of the many ways your chiropodist can help you and your family in this article.

Family Chiropodists

Our chiropodists care for the whole family including children, adults and older adults. We’re parents ourselves, and so tailor each treatment plan to be perfectly suited to each person, their needs, abilities, and what is clinically indicated for them by evidence-based practice.

Chiropodist Or Podiatrist?

Today in New Zealand, chiropodists and podiatrists describe the same profession, though historically there were significant differences. “Chiropody” first became a registered profession in NZ in 1967. At this time, chiropody could be performed by a medical practitioner, an assistant of a medical practitioner, a registered chiropodist, or any person acting under the control of a medical practitioner or chiropodist. The terms ‘podiatry’ and ‘podiatrist’ came into effect in 1982, with the position description remaining unchanged from its original chiropodist description. In Australia, the term ‘’Chiropodist’’ has been retired since 1977 and replaced with “Podiatrist”. Prior to this, Chiropodists were an unregulated profession and when the decision was made to register all approved practitioners, the term was then changed to avoid any confusion. In 2004, the term ‘podiatrist’ became protected, meaning that only those with qualifications in podiatry specifically and that held a legal podiatry registration could be called a podiatrist. This means that those related to the medical field but who were not experts in managing the foot and ankle could no longer call themselves podiatrists, as it may have misled the general public to believe that they had the same qualifications as a formally registered podiatrist. Today, those practising aspects of podiatry who do not hold a formal podiatry degree (and are therefore questionable in their legality around doing so) tend to refer to themselves as a “foot care assistant” or similar terms – carefully avoiding using the term podiatrist so that they can avoid legal action from the podiatry board. It is important to note that these people may not have the training or qualifications of a podiatrist, and are not held to the same accountability practices as podiatrists – such as ensuring superior sterilisation and hygiene practices, ongoing professional education and upskilling, meeting registration requirements, superior patient care standards, and much more. Podiatry is a three-year comprehensive degree with many choosing an additional fourth year for research and to further their skills. Simply put, chiropodist is now more of a historical term that has been replaced by ‘podiatrist’ and is medically protected, however, we continue to use it from time to time as we know that many people recall the term and it’s the first term they think of when they need help with their feet. Have any more questions about what a chiropodist or podiatrist does? We’d love to hear from you. Send us an email on info@performpodiatry.co.nz