The Wales Centre for Podiatric Studies is the only centre for the education of Podiatrists in Wales and as such we are supported by the Wales Assembly Government. We also offer a wide range of high quality podiatry services to the general public, as part of the clinical training for our students. The treatment is supervised by well qualified and experienced staff who are employed by the University. Successful completion of our Course leads to eligibility to become registered with the Health Professions Council.
Who are Podiatrists/Chiropodists?
Podiatrist/chiropodists are members of the Allied Health Professions. These professions are registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC). The terms podiatrist and chiropodist are protected titles and as such should only be used by people registered with the HPC. It is a criminal offence for any one to use these titles unless they are registered with the HPC. You can check if your podiatrist is registered by clicking on this link: http://hpc-uk.org/.
What is podiatry?
Podiatry is the clinical discipline concerned with the diagnosis and comprehensive management of foot and lower limb pathologies. This involves the management of a wide variety of disorders, injuries and local manifestations of systemic conditions. This podiatric management may be curative, preventative or require long-term palliation or health education. Podiatrists have opportunities to specialise in a diverse range of clinical practice including podiatric:
- sports medicine
Research activities within the Centre for Podiatric Studies focus on the
definition and assessment of foot-type and foot-function, and the relationship
between foot function and proximal musculoskeletal pathology. Pathologies of
particular interest include patellofemoral joint pain syndrome and medial knee
osteoarthritis. Staff research interests also include the use of epidemiological
methods in the investigation of causal relationships and the sensitivity and
specificity of clinical testing procedures. Research activity within the centre
is increasing, due to opportunities for PhD studentships – for example from the
Research Capacity Building Collaboration – and for external
collaborations, which should see the centre develop a research community over
the next 5 years.