Podiatrist

Podiatry is an exciting and varied career. It offers you the chance to make a difference, a high degree of flexibility and excellent employment prospects. You’ll work with patients every day to help improve their care and their lives.

Working life

You will work with people’s feet and legs. You'll diagnose and treat abnormalities and offer professional advice on care of feet and legs to prevent foot problems. In the NHS, you'll see many patients at high risk of amputation, such as those suffering from arthritis or diabetes.

"The profession has moved on a long way and there are so many new and exciting things that you can get involved with. There’s definitely a lot more to it than people think!" Alex Townsend, Podiatrist.

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What you’ll do as a podiatrist

You’ll see a huge variety of patients and help them with many different issues as podiatrist. Some examples of things you might work on include:

Variety is one of the most exciting things about being a podiatrist. As well as seeing different patients and conditions you’ll also have the opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary team in a range of settings from hospitals to community clinics to the homes of patients. Podiatrists work with other healthcare professionals such as dietitiansGPsnurses and physiotherapists. Some also supervise the work of podiatry assistants.

How to become a podiatrist

To become a podiatrist you’ll need to train and study at a degree level. Entry requirements vary depending on where you’d like to study. You can find the podiatry course to suit you using our Course Finder tool.

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