Podiatrist

Summary

Podiatrists look after the health of people's feet by diagnosing, treating and preventing foot abnormalities, and by educating the public about good foot health.

Duties & Tasks

Podiatrists may perform the following tasks:

  • examine patients' feet to diagnose any disorders or infections and decide on an appropriate treatment
  • give advice about foot health and the prevention of foot disorders
  • treat deformities such as flat feet and foot imbalance by using corrective devices such as orthoses
  • work with patients suffering from diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, peripheral vascular disorders and other neuropathies
  • 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.

Personal Requirements

  • desire to work with people on a one-to-one basis
  • independent and highly motivated
  • enjoy health care
  • good communication skills
  • good with hands.

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