Difference podotherapist and podologist
A podiatrist is a legally recognized and protected title by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, listed in the BIG Act, Article 34. This legislation specifies which care providers are allowed to provide which care. In this way, the government monitors the quality of care. He or she is guaranteed to have an HBO bachelor’s degree, after completing a legally recognized 4-year HBO bachelor’s degree. This training must be accredited by NVAO. A podiatrist (paramedic) comes under the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.
The titles (registered) podiatrist, podo-postural therapist or podokinesiologist are not legally recognized and may be used by anyone. For example, if someone works in a shoe store and also sells insoles, this person can call himself a podiatrist. Or a pediatrician who has followed a course. The training requirements for podiatrists are also much less stringent than those for podiatrists. Often these professionals have followed a thorough training or course, but this is not always the case.