Podiatry... what's it all about?
Healthcare is an area of work that is constantly changing and advancing. It requires many professionals working together to meet the needs of the ever ageing and changing population. Podiatrists are healthcare professionals who work as part of that multidisciplinary team to deliver the care needed to keep the population healthy and mobile.
Podiatrists work to improve the mobility, independence and the quality of life for their patients by providing preventative care, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of problems affecting the feet, ankles and lower limbs.
Scope of Practice
Working as a podiatrist can be exciting and rewarding because it involves working in a variety of environments with a number of other health care professionals and many different groups of patients who have a wide range of podiatric problems.
Qualifying as a Podiatrist
In order to become a Health and Care Professions Council registered practitioner, you have to undertake and pass an honours degree in podiatry.
Careers in Podiatry
Podiatry offers a rewarding career for those looking for a caring profession with flexibility of working, coupled with a challenging scope of practice and range of patients. Podiatry is a profession that attracts people from all walks of life including school leavers, the forces, nursing, office workers, engineers and women returning to work.
As a Registered practitioner many podiatrists work in the National Health Service, in private practice or both.
If you think about it your feet are so vital to so many things you do. You need them to play most sports, dance, ride a bike, skateboard, go shopping and walk anywhere.
To understand how the lower limb works and to help patients you need to know all sorts about biology, physics and chemistry.
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