Basic hygiene and regular nail cutting may be all you need to keep your feet healthy - but when your feet develop problems, it's best to seek professional help.  Chiropodists, also sometimes known as podiatrists, are specialists in the total care of the feet.  They treat a wide variety of abnormalities and conditions, from verrucas and ingrown toenails, to arthritis.  Although they work with people of all ages, they play an important role in helping older people, and disabled people, to stay mobile and independent.

Whether you can receive free chiropody treatment on the NHS will depend on its availability in your local area, how serious your condition is and how quickly it needs to be treated.  If you decide to contact a chiropodist youself, make sure they are fully qualified, registered with the Health Professionals Council, and an accredited member of a relevant professional body.