What is a Podiatrist and what do they do? A Podiatrist is an allied health professional who must meet the professional registration requirements of the Podiatrists Board of New Zealand and hold a current annual practicing certificate. A Podiatrist is trained to assess, diagnose and treat foot and lower limb abnormalities. These may include skin and nail pathologies, foot and ankle injuries, foot complications related to chronic conditions like diabetes as well as other medical conditions and also biomechanical and musculoskeletal problems. Podiatrists play an important role in monitoring disease and managing lower limb issues to maintain an active and mobile population across the lifespan. Therefore patient demographics can be diverse ranging from monitoring children's growth and development, managing sports injuries, working with people with chronic disease, disability and the ageing population. What is the difference between a Chiropodist and Podiatrist? There is no difference other than to indicate the period in time when the qualification was obtained. The title Chiropodist has not been used in New Zealand for approximately 52 years now. Chiropody became a regulated profession in New Zealand in 1969 and the professional title was changed to Podiatrist soon after.
Do I need a referral to see a Podiatrist? A referral is not generally required.
Do Podiatrists treat ACC patients? Most podiatrists are registered with ACC. Check with the practitioner. There is often a co-payment charged to the patient.
Are corns and verrucae the same thing? No they are not. Corns are pressure lesions and verrucae are viral lesions. Verrucae belong to the wart family (the human papilloma virus – HPV). Correct diagnosis and treatment is important and is best provided by a podiatrist.