Podiatrist

About the job

“There’s a lot more to podiatry than people think; no two days are the same. It’s such a varied role with lots of opportunities to learn new things. It’s a great option if you want a career caring for others”.

As a podiatrist you’ll work with people’s feet and legs. You’ll diagnose and treat abnormalities and offer professional advice on care and how to prevent foot problems. You’ll treat a variety of patients with different issues including children with lower limb pain or problems walking, diabetes sufferers with circulation problems who may be at risk of amputation and people with sports injuries.

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How to become a podiatrist in Devon

Qualification

BSc (Hons) Podiatry

Entry requirements

Normally 5 GCSEs grade C/4 or above to include maths, English and science.

One of the following: A Levels (at least 2 A levels including grade C in one science subject), IB, Access, 18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma, BTEC National Diploma modules.

Full entry requirements.

Length of study

3 years full time with placements

Qualification

BSc (Hons) Podiatry Degree Apprenticeship

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’s, including maths, English and science. 104 UCAS points, including a biological subject. Functional skills Level 2 maths may be considered.

Be employed as an apprentice with a healthcare provider.

Length of study

3 years full time with placements

Louise – podiatrist

Meet Louise, a podiatrist working in Torbay.

I worked as a hairdresser and beauty therapist but soon realised that, although I enjoyed it, it wasn’t my passion. I have a natural need to help people and make them feel better about themselves, which is why I started thinking about a career caring for others.

It wasn’t until I had a problem with my foot and learned more about foot pathology when visiting the podiatrist, that I became really interested in it as a career.

Read Lou’s journey and what she thinks are the best bits of the job.

Podiatrist treating a patients feet

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