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Therapies at Glencairn House


Chiropody and Podiatry – to get you back on your feet




Get the quality of life you deserve.

Ease pain and raise energy levels



A Podiatrist/Chiropodist is a health professional who can assess, diagnose, treat and manage conditions of the feet and lower limbs. They have an extensive scope of practice including;

Assessment and treatment of common foot complaints such as corns, other skin pathologies, and nail problems

Assessment of the structure, alignment and function of the feet and legs with appropriate treatment such as insoles, stretching and strengthening exercises to correct any abnormality. A referral may be made to a bio-mechanical specialist

Nail surgery using local anaesthetics

Management of patients at increased risk of foot problems such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and peripheral vascular disease. Annual diabetic foot checks can also be performed.

Advice on prevention of foot problems and how to keep feet in good health

Advice on suitable footwear



What is the difference between a Chiropodist and a Podiatrist?


There is no difference between a Chiropodist and a Podiatrist. The term Chiropodist has been traditionally used in the UK, whereas Podiatrist is recognised and used more internationally. Increasingly, Chiropodists in the UK are being referred to as Podiatrists and many people in the profession refer to themselves as both.

 Both ‘Chiropodist’ and ‘Podiatrist’ are protected titles and can only be used by people registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). The HCPC regulates the Chiropody and Podiatry profession and ensures that all of its members meet their standards for training, professional skills, behaviour and health.

Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists

Sarah Faithfull BSc(Hons) M.Ch.S HCPC.reg

 I started my first job with West Dorset Community NHS trust in 1993, having qualified from the University of Brighton.

I left this post in 1995, following the amalgamation into a Dorset-wide service, and have worked independently ever since.

In 2001, I was asked to join the Diabetes Specialist Footcare team at Dorset County Hospital, a post I held for 4 years. I have also worked for the Prison Service, providing foot care at Guy’s Marsh Prison, and also within the adult learning disability sector.

Outside of work, my interests include poultry keeping, Scouting and walking.

Michelle Crabb D.Pod.M. HCPC.reg

I qualified from London Foot Hospital in 1990 and started working in the west Dorset Community NHS Trust.  I continued working for the NHS in Dorset at various clinics around the country for the next 14 years, mainly based in GP surgeries.  In 2004 funding policies changed, so I then divided my time between private practice and being sub contracted to the NHS. In 2014 I left the NHS completely and joined Glencairn Clinic.

In my spare time I enjoy karate, badminton, gardening and reading.