Podiatrists diagnose and treat foot and ankle problems to improve people's mobility and quality of life.

Day-to-day tasks

As a podiatrist you could:

  • assess patients' feet and lower legs and discuss treatment options
  • diagnose conditions and treat injuries from sport or dance
  • carry out treatments and minor surgery using scalpels, chemicals and local anaesthetics
  • screen children for foot problems
  • work with other health professionals like GPs and physiotherapists
  • keep records, manage appointments and supervise podiatry assistants

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of medicine and how the body works
  • customer service skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to learn through your work
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • active listening skills
  • the ability to use your initiative

Industry Qualifications

You'll need to complete a degree in podiatry approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.

If you already have a degree in a healthcare or science subject, you can apply for an accelerated degree in podiatry.

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