What is it like to become a Podiatrist?

As a Podiatrist, you’ll help people deal with a range of mobility issues, relieve pain and treat infections of the feet and lower legs. You’ll be helping patients with a variety of different issues such as: 

  • Children with lower limb pain or problems walking.
  • Diabetes sufferers with circulation problems who may be at risk of amputation.
  • People with sports injuries and dancers whose long hours of rehearsing and performing put stress on their feet causing injury.

You’ll work with other healthcare professionals such as physiotherapists, dietitians, GPs and nurses in a range of settings from hospitals and community clinics to the homes of patients.


Entry Requirements:

The most popular way into podiatry is through an approved degree course or a Master’s degree in podiatry. It usually takes two to three years full-time and over four years part-time.  Once you’ve successfully completed your degree you’ll need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) before you can start practising. The other option is to apply for a degree apprenticeship.

Academic qualifications aren’t everything, Podiatrists should have great communication skills and be able to make others feel at ease. You should feel comfortable handling people’s legs and feet and be happy working alone or as part of a team.

NHS Roles – Podiatrist