There’s no difference between a podiatrist and chiropodist, but podiatrist is a more modern name.
Podiatrists are health care professionals who have been trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs. They also prevent and correct deformity, relieve pain and treat infections. They work with people of all ages but play a particularly important role in helping older people to stay mobile and, therefore, independent.
Even if your feet are generally in good condition, you might consider having a single session of podiatry to have the hard skin on your feet removed and your toenails clipped. Podiatrists can give you and your family advice on how to look after your feet and what type of shoes to wear.