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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).


Career progression-

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.

Podiatrist goals

  • 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