Podiatrists diagnose and treat foot and ankle problems, improving people’s mobility and quality of life
Salary range: £24,214 to £37,267
How to become a podiatrist
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
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.
You’ll usually need:
- 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including biology for a degree
- equivalent entry requirements
- student finance for fees and living costs
- university courses and entry requirements
You can get into this role through a degree apprenticeship in podiatry.
You’ll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, preferably including biology, for a degree apprenticeship
You could work as a podiatry assistant and study part time for a degree to qualify as a podiatrist.
Volunteering and 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.
- you’ll need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council
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
You can find out more about careers in this area from Careers in Podiatry.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- 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 or hand-held device
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day tasks will include:
- diagnosing and treating sports injuries
- talking to patients about foot health, and giving talks to groups
- sharing information with other health professionals like GPs
- discussing treatment options with patients
- carrying out treatments and minor surgery using scalpels, chemicals and local anaesthetics
- screening children for foot problems
- keeping patient records
- supervising assistants
You could work at a GP practice, at a client’s home, at a health centre or in an NHS or private hospital.
You may need to wear a uniform.
Career path and 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 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.