The Med Shed

Podiatrist

THE WORKING DAY

You’re part of the team of therapists at Hull Royal Infirmary. Today, your clinic is for people at risk of damaging their feet because of conditions such as diabetes or kidney failure. You assess their lower limbs to see how healthy they are, use padding and splints to manage skin that might be easily damaged and give medicines to patients with infections.

In the afternoon, you transfer to Hull Women and Children’s Hospital for another clinic, this time for children with muscle and bone problems in their feet and legs. You spend most of your time measuring their lower limb function, providing exercise programmes and advice.

You get to spend plenty of time with patients so they can really explain what’s going on in their lives and you can look at their care holistically.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE ME?

You’re caring, compassionate, understanding and keen to help others. You’re a team player who likes problem solving, can think analytically and would like a job where you can really make a difference to people’s quality of life by keeping them mobile.

WHAT'S NEXT?

You’ll need a minimum of five GCSEs including English language, maths and a science subject. You should apply for three A-Levels (or equivalent) and ideally one of these should be a science subject.

After gaining the relevant A-Levels (or equivalent) you’ll need to apply for a degree in podiatry.

Some universities offer both a full time and part time route for the degree so again check for this on their website before you apply

Some observational experience would be advisable to enable you to understand the role of a podiatrist before applying for a course or apprenticeship.