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Re: Unaccredited individuals performing medical foot care treatments
In view of growing reports whereby a number of unaccredited people are promoting and conducting foot health care services in a number of establishments; the Association of Podiatrists of Malta (APM) would like to convey its concerns to the general public about this matter.
The association would like to inform the general public to be cautious about promotional material sent by email or found on the internet and social media whereby non-accredited persons are promoting medical services for the treatment of a wide range of foot problems. These range from the removal of corns and calluses to treatment of abnormal foot and lower limb alignment through orthotics (medical shoe inserts).
The APM wishes to inform the public to exercise caution and is urged to only seek professional advice from appropriately accredited individuals. Podiatrists (commonly referred to in Malta as Podologist or Podjatra’) should bare the title “SRPod” indicating he/she is state registered. Patients’ have the legal right to request evidence of state registration and refuse treatment if such evidence is not provided.
The association advises the public to refrain from receiving any medical services particularly those whereby invasive treatment with surgical instruments and/or treatments aimed at correcting abnormal foot alignment from unregulated, non-state registered individuals is offered.
For podiatrists to receive state registration and legal right to diagnose, treat and prevent foot problems through medical, surgical or adjuvant means they must first pass through a rigorous accreditation process from the Council of Professionals Complimentary to Medicine (CPCM). Only after subsequent registration by the said council, are Podiatrists qualified to address foot pathologies under the health care act.
Individuals claiming to be Podiatrists, foot health practitioners or offering foot care services without proof of state registration are doing so illegally and may lead to potential harm and compromised patient health.
The general public is therefore urged to exercise caution and always seek professional advice from appropriately accredited health care professionals. The interested public can obtain further information by visiting the following website: www.podiatry.org.mt/en/aboutpodiatrist.htm