They are trained to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate and prevent disease and complications of the feet, ankles and lower limbs. They can prevent and manage foot problems, relieve pain, treat infection and support foot irregularities, to keep people of all ages mobile and active.
Podiatrists are ideally placed to use their expertise in primary care settings. They focus on prevention and early intervention and look to improve independence and quality of life for people. They work as part of the wider practice team alongside other healthcare professionals.
A podiatrist at work will;
- aim to improve the mobility, independence and quality of life for their patient
- support patients living with long term conditions
- diagnose and treat foot ankle and leg conditions
- help to keep people mobile
Applicants to a podiatry role will usually have completed a degree course or masters degree in podiatry. This takes the usual two to three years full time and over four years part-time. To practice podiatry you need to be registered with the HCPC. Apart from completing a degree, the other option is to apply for a degree apprenticeship (find out more on NHS health careers).