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Podiatrists assess, diagnose and treat damage, infection or disease of the feet and lower legs of their patients. If there is a medical problem, they refer the patient to a doctor. They are also known as chiropodists.

The Work

You could be:

After extra training, you might do minor surgery, using scalpels and drills, such as removing damaged or ingrowing toe nails, under local anaesthetic given by injection.


Pay rates can vary depending on whether you are working with the NHS, with a private practice, or are self-employed.

Within the NHS Agenda for Change scales podiatrists' salaries are on Band 5, £28,384 to £35,365 a year. A podiatrist specialist is on Band 6, £35,522 to £43,286 a year. An advanced podiatrist is on Band 7, £43,422 to £50,506 a year.

The current pay scales are from April 2022.


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Getting In

Most podiatrists start off working for the NHS, treating those who are eligible for podiatry on the NHS: older people, diabetics, children or pregnant women. You might also work in sports clubs, the armed forces and even high street shops. A large proportion eventually set up in private practice.

What Does it Take?

You should be:

You should have:


Getting On


Courtesy of Health Careers


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Tel: 0300 500 6184
Twitter: @The_HCPC

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the UK-wide regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining standards of professional training, performance and conduct in the following health care professions: Arts Therapists; Audiologist; Biomedical Scientist; Chiropodist and Podiatrist; Clinical Scientist; Dietician; Dramatherapist; Occupational Therapist; Operating Department Practitioner; Orthoptist; Paramedic; Physiotherapist; Practitioner Psychologist; Prosthetist and Orthotist; Radiographer; Speech and Language Therapist. (The HCPC may regulate other healthcare professions in the future.) The HCPC website contains a register of all approved courses in the above professions.

NHS Scotland Careers
Website (2):
Twitter: @NHSScotCareers

Royal College of Podiatry
Tel: 020 7234 8620
Twitter: @RoyColPod

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