Podiatrists diagnose and treat foot and ankle problems to improve patients' mobility.
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What does a podiatrist do?

This roles involves assessing, diagnosing and treating foot and ankle disorders to help keep people mobile. Podiatrists also give advice on foot health, footwear, and how to prevent problems. They work with a variety of patients, from athletes with sports injuries to elderly people with arthritis, and children with walking problems. 

Podiatrists also give advice and share information with other health professionals, such as orthopaedic specialists, GPs and health visitors. The role is also likely to include educating the public about the importance of healthy feet by speaking to individual patients and giving talks to groups. 


What do I need to do to become a podiatrist?

You’ll need to enjoy helping people, and be skilled with your hands. To work as a podiatrist you will need to complete a recognised podiatry degree and become registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).​​​​​​

Related skills

  • Communication
  • Organisation

Academic route

  • Five GCSEs (A-C), including maths and English
  • Three A levels including a biological science

Essential qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) degree in podiatry

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You will find most jobs within the NHS, for example working within a local community clinic, health centre or GP practice. You could combine this with working in a surgical unit in a hospital or carrying out a research or teaching role within higher education. 

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