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, science concerned with disorders, diseases, and deformities of the feet, also called chiropody. Podiatrists treat such common conditions as bunions, corns and calluses, and ingrown toenails.
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The term hallux valgus (sometimes known as hallux abducto valgus) refers therefore to 'an enlargement of bone or tissue around the metatarsal phalangeal joint at the base of the big toe' (Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists 2006).
Chiropodist Kate Waldren is making child's play of her foot therapy business.
'Chiropodists and podiatrists are usually consulted about specific foot problems but they are frequently the first to diagnose certain disorders and ailments that give early warning signs in the feet and toes And research shows that an enormous number of us are vulnerable to foot problems.
The result is that current students of the school, and some already qualified, will not be able to call themselves chiropodists at the end of their courses.
Generally FFP1NR and FFP2NR masks are recommended for podiatric use when using a nail drill (Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists 2000).
Initially, the tool is being used by occupational therapists, physiotherapists, chiropodists and podiatrists but all AHPs will be able to use it once they can demonstrate skill competence and expertise in using such a report.
And, according to the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, if worn frequently, they can even increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis.
The lack of heel and strap means they should only be worn for short periods, according to the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.
Expert advice is being offered by the Alzheimer's Society Cardiff & The Vale, the Osteoporosis Society Cardiff, Cardiff Dial a Ride/V.E.S.T, physiotherapists and chiropodists.
But the summer doesn''t have to be scary if you start looking after your feet, says the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.