Podiatrist

Diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions affecting the lower extremity, especially of the foot and ankle.

Podiatrist

Podiatrist

Roles and responsibilities

To qualify as a podiatrist:

Step 1
Complete any undergraduate bachelor’s course {Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)} as your first degree.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Doctor of Podiatric Medicine to qualify as a podiatrist.

Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.


Podiatrists:

  • diagnose, treat or provide advice on foot disorders
  • give advice on foot health and prevention of foot disorders
  • treat deformities such as flat feet and foot imbalance by using corrective devices such as orthoses
  • examine patients' feet to diagnose any disorders or infections and decide on  appropriate treatment
  • work with patients suffering from diabetes
  • perform surgical procedures on the foot
  • treat abnormalities of bones, joints, skin and nails such as bunions, toe deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, warts and other infections
  • recommend footwear for specific foot conditions
  • prescribe orthotic devices for protection and correction of a wide range of foot and leg irregularities

Most podiatrists work in private practice as a sole proprietor, partner or employee. You will also find an increasing number are employed in community health centres, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, specialist high-risk clinics and sports medicine clinics. A small number obtain teaching and research positions.

Source: myFuture

To qualify as a podiatrist:

Step 1
Complete any undergraduate bachelor’s course {Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)} as your first degree.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Doctor of Podiatric Medicine to qualify as a podiatrist.

Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.


Podiatrists:

  • diagnose, treat or provide advice on foot disorders
  • give advice on foot health and prevention of foot disorders
  • treat deformities such as flat feet and foot imbalance by using corrective devices such as orthoses
  • examine patients' feet to diagnose any disorders or infections and decide on  appropriate treatment
  • work with patients suffering from diabetes
  • perform surgical procedures on the foot
  • treat abnormalities of bones, joints, skin and nails such as bunions, toe deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, warts and other infections
  • recommend footwear for specific foot conditions
  • prescribe orthotic devices for protection and correction of a wide range of foot and leg irregularities

Most podiatrists work in private practice as a sole proprietor, partner or employee. You will also find an increasing number are employed in community health centres, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, specialist high-risk clinics and sports medicine clinics. A small number obtain teaching and research positions.

Source: myFuture

Undergraduate Courses To Become

Podiatrist

Recommended major/s to pursue this career

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Postgraduate Courses To Become

Podiatrist

Coursework courses to pursue this career

Professional training

Graduates of the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine will be eligible for registration as general podiatrists in Australia and New Zealand without the need for any further pre-registration training or compulsory internship.