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

University

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

Apprenticeship

You can do a degree apprenticeship in podiatry.

You'll usually need:

  • three A levels 

Work

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.

Requirements

You'll need to pass enhanced background checks.

Registration

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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