Podiatrists specialise in the foot, ankle and leg, leading the patient care through the whole journey including prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Podiatrists work in a variety of places and can work with a team of people including doctors, nurses and physiotherapists. 

A Podiatrist’s primary aim is to improve the mobility, independence and quality of life for their patients.  

Podiatrists working in primary care can support patients with a wide range of conditions including Diabetes and Rheumatology as well as wound care. 

Training Requirements

To practise as a podiatrist, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). To register with the HCPC, you first need to successfully complete approved degree-level training in podiatry – you can train through an approved full-time or part-time pre-registration university course in podiatry or a degree apprenticeship in podiatry.

To deliver podiatry care within a primary care setting, you will need to complete Primary Care First Contact Practitioner training which you are eligible to complete 3 – 5 years after you have completed a postgraduate degree.

You can find more about becoming a podiatrist at the Royal College of Podiatry and also see what a day to day looks like in the below video. 

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