What qualifications do I need to be a Podiatrist?

Podiatrists or Chiropodists (they are the same thing) look after everything to do with feet!

Feet are really important to everyone as we use them to walk and podiatrists are really useful in helping people with all sorts of problems eg, ingrowing toenails, verrucae, corns, callouses and bunions. Feet are linked to the body by our legs, so you won't just study the feet in isolation, but look at how the foot works in relation to the whole body, as this can affect all kinds of things to do with our feet.

Pros
• You can make a real difference to peoples quality of life
• Flexible, you can work in a variety of settings such as NHS, private practice or leisure
• Flexible, you can work full or part-time

Cons
• You have to regularly deal with peoples smelly feet

GCSEs required
You will need enough GCSEs to get you through to A-levels and onto a degree, so you will normally need good passes in English, Mathematics and at least one science.

A-levels required
At least two good A-levels one of which will need to be a science

Degree or further educational requirement
You will need a degree from a school of podiatry from University

Professional Body
If you want to work fo the NHS you will need to be registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC)

How long will it take to get qualified?
Your degree with take three years of full time study, where you will undertake both theory and practice.

There are an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 podiatrists in the UK.

Click here to read the typical 'Day in the Life of a Podiatrist!'

Typical salary - £25,000 - £35,000

Useful websites
The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists www.feetforlife.org
NHS Careers page www.nhscareers.nhs.uk