Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a podiatrist and a chiropodist?

Chiropody includes routine treatments such as nail cutting, corn and callus removal, verrucae treatment etc. A podiatrist must complete a four year podiatric medicine degree and has a much broader scope of practice which includes: routine chiropody, treatment of sports injuries, prescribing insoles and orthotics, carrying out specialist diabetes and vascular assessments, woundcare and paediatrics. Since the establishment of the podiatric medicine course in NUIG in 2008, the chiropody one year diploma is no longer available.

Is a podiatry treatment just for the elderly?

Absolutely not. Here at Linda O' Connell Podiatry we treat patients of all ages for a wide variation of ailments.

Do I need a referral from my GP?

No, a GP referral is not required. Simply call us to make an appointment.

Do you accept medical cards?

No, this is a private service. Merlin Park Podiatry Clinic, Unit 3, is the main hub in Galway City and County that accepts medical cards. To discuss this further please call us with any queries you may have.

How long does an appointment take?

A routine appointment takes 30 minutes. A biomechanical/sports or foot injury may take 45 minutes depending on the presenting complaint.