Podiatrists diagnose and treat foot and ankle problems, improving people's mobility and quality of life.
Entry requirements –
There are 3 key routes for entering your career as a podiatrist, you could enter using a degree apprenticeship, a degree in podiatry (full time or part time) or using a top up degree in podiatry if you already have a post graduate degree in a science or healthcare related subject. To get onto these routes you will normally need 2 or 3 A-Levels, preferably one in biology, grades A* - C, and GCSEs incl English, maths and science grades 9-4 (A*- C).
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 study for a Master’s (MSc) or PhD and move into research or teaching.
- Early identification of problems to prevent chronic foot health issues and on referral to secondary care
- Management close to home
- Reduction in avoidable amputations
Skills you need:
- knowledge of medicine and dentistry
- customer service skills
- thinking and reasoning skills
- the ability to read English
- the ability to use your initiative
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- excellent verbal communication skills
- sensitivity and understanding
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer