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Podiatrists (formerly known as chiropodists) diagnose and treat ailments and abnormalities of the human foot and lower limb, deal with minor infections, injuries and deformities, and conditions resulting from other major health disorders such as diabetes.


Median Salary

New workers start around £12,861. Normal pay is £28,469 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £63,800.

Daily Tasks

  • Refers patients who require further medical or surgical attention.
  • Delivers foot health education to groups such as the elderly, children, the homeless, those with medical problems such as arthritis.
  • Advises patients on aspects of foot care to avoid recurrence of foot problems.
  • Those with advanced training may carry out minor surgery on the feet.
  • Prescribes, makes and fits pads and other orthotic appliances to correct and/or protect foot disorders.
  • Treats conditions of the skin, nails and soft tissues of feet by minor surgery, massage and heat treatment, padding and strapping or drugs.
  • Administers local anaesthetic where appropriate.
  • Provides vascular and neurological assessment for the long-term management of chronic disorders and high risk patients.
  • Examines patient.

Skills employers are asking for

  • Active Listening
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Learning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Science
  • Speaking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Writing
  • Mathematics