Podiatrists diagnose and treat foot and ankle problems, improving people's mobility.
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What does a podiatrist do?

Your day-to-day tasks will include:

  • diagnosing and treating sports injuries
  • talking to patients about foot health, and giving talks to groups
  • sharing information with other health professionals like GPs
  • discussing treatment options with patients
  • carrying out treatments and minor surgery using scalpels, chemicals, and local anaesthetics
  • screening children for foot problems
  • keeping patient records
  • supervising assistants

What do I need to do to become a podiatrist?

You can get into podiatry through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role


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

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

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • two or three A levels, including a biological science for a degree


You can do a degree apprenticeship in podiatry.

You'll usually need:

  • three A levels 


You could work as a podiatry assistant and study part-time for a degree to qualify as a podiatrist.

Volunteering and experience

You'll find it helpful to get some paid or voluntary experience in the health or care sector before you apply for a course.

You could contact the voluntary services co-ordinator at your local NHS trust for further advice.


You'll need to pass enhanced background checks.


You'll need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Related skills

  • Communication
  • Customer service
  • Interpersonal skills
  • IT
  • Organisation
  • Problem solving

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You could work at a GP practice, at a client's home, at a health centre or in an NHS or private hospital.

Career opportunities

You could focus on a specialist area like surgery or orthotics, designing and fitting appliances like braces and in-shoe correction aids.

You could join a professional body to get access to training in areas like nail surgery, diabetes and wound care.

You could set up your own practice. Some people combine this with part-time working in the NHS.

You could study for a master’s (MSc) or PhD, and move into research or teaching.

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