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Podiatrist

Podiatrists diagnose and treat foot and ankle problems, improving people's mobility and quality of life.

Annual Salary

£24,907 to £30,615

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

38 to 40 a week

You could work: weekends;

What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

As part of your day-to-day tasks, you could:

  • diagnose and treat sports injuries
  • talk to patients about foot health, and give talks to groups
  • share information with other health professionals like GPs
  • discuss treatment options with patients
  • carry out treatments and minor surgery using scalpels, chemicals and local anaesthetics
  • screen children for foot problems
  • keep patient records
  • supervise assistants

Working environment

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work at a GP practice, at a client's home, at a health centre or in an NHS or private hospital.

You can get into this job 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:

  • 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including biology for a degree
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Apprenticeship

You can get into this role through a degree apprenticeship in podiatry.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, preferably including biology, for a degree apprenticeship
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Work

You could work as a podiatry assistant and study part time for a degree to qualify as a podiatrist.

Volunteering and work 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 and restrictions

You'll need to:

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Professional and industry bodies

You may find it useful to join organisations for professional development and networking opportunities, like:The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists; British Chiropody and Podiatry Association; College of Podiatry

Further information

You can find out more about careers in this area from Careers in Podiatry.

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.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll 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
  • persistence and determination
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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