What do podiatrist do? They can improve, and even save lives!

– podiatrists are trained to detect, prevent, manage and (at times) correct foot and lower limb problems. They can help to improve people’s health, support them to remain active, and even pick up more serious medical presentations which can ultimately save someone’s limb, and or their life.  

Perform minor surgery – part of the role is performing minor foot surgery e.g. nail surgery. Podiatrists can also administer and supply a range of prescription-only medicines e.g. specified antibiotics. 

Employment options are great! – many podiatrists choose to work in the NHS, whilst others opt to work in the private sector (or do both). Podiatrists working in the private sector may be employed within an organisation or many choose to set up their own businesses. Many podiatrists even run successful businesses from their own home!  

There are options to work flexibly to suit your needs, and there are also options for progressing your career in different areas e.g. higher education (teaching); undertaking research; working in specialist roles e.g. sports podiatry; working with people with complex medical needs; and even (with further study) careers in podiatric surgery. Many graduate podiatrists work both clinically and non-clinically often embracing leadership and managerial roles. 

Work-life balance – often podiatrists don’t need to work shifts, weekends, nights or do emergency call outs. You can work part-time, run your own business (possibly from your home) or choose another work option that fits with your interests, lifestyle, and what you want to get out of this exciting career. 

Fulfilling and rewarding career – by working to improve people’s health and wellbeing, podiatrists can make a real difference to people’s lives. 

Interested in finding out more? Take a look at podiatry course at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh at Master of Podiatry


Joseph McIntyre, Lecturer in Podiatry

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