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What is Podiatry?

Podiatry is a specialised field dealing with the study and care of the foot and lower limb.

Areas’ you might cover 

  • High risk foot – both in acute hospital and community setting eg diabetic foot
  • MSK Podiatry – including paediatrics – community setting
  • Prescribing and/or manufacturing of Orthotics – secondary care/community setting
  • Sports medicine – private practice/some community settings
  • Podiatric surgery – specialist centres
  • Forensic podiatry – specialist centres
  • Routine podiatry – eg footcare, advice and management, wound management  - community podiatry service/private practice

Who you might work with?

  • Diabetic Foot MDT (Secondary care inc orthopaedics, vascular, diabetologist, orthotist)
  • Vascular MDT (Secondary care)
  • Specialist Nurses (eg vascular/diabetes both in primary and secondary care)
  • Community Podiatry teams,  Secondary Care podiatry teams, and Private practitioners
  • GPs, Practice & Community Nurses
  • Social services
  • Prison Service
  • Other AHPs – surgical shoe fitter/orthotist, physiotherapy, OT
  • Podiatry Assistants

Entry requirements and training

  • 3 years BSc (Hons) Podiatry degree
  • Pre-registration MSc course
  • Apprenticeship route – currently 2 universities with approved programme

Pay, working hours and conditions

NHS Employment – Agenda for Change banding and Ts & Cs – in clinic settings, GP surgeries, community hospitals, acute hospitals, patient’s own homes, nursing/care homes.

Private Practice – self-employed or associate practitioner – in private clinic, home visiting service, nursing/care homes

What career opportunities do we offer locally? (both at a junior and senior level)

  • Podiatrist Assistant – on the job training, assistant role to the podiatrist, can undertake basic footcare tasks.
  • Newly qualified podiatrist – in the community setting
  • Specialist podiatrist roles – in the community setting – area of specialism either the High Risk Foot and/or MSK Podiatry
  • Advanced podiatrist – community setting
  • Advanced podiatrist – secondary care – high risk diabetic foot clinics working with hospital specialist team