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Podiatry Assistant


Podiatry Assistants treat and care for people whose feet and legs have been affected by injury or illness. Their work helps people live full and independent lives.

Podiatry assistants are sometimes known as footcare assistants and treat people of all ages with a variety of conditions. For example children with lower limb pain or problems walking, diabetes sufferers with circulation problems who may be at risk of amputation, elderly people, people with sports injuries, dancers whose long hours of rehearsing and performing put stress on their feet causing injury, people needing minor procedures such as nail surgery or laser treatment, using local anaesthetic and people wanting advice about footwear or foot health.

As a podiatry assistant, your work will include cutting, filing and drilling toenails, applying dressings and treatments, booking appointments and other admin work, taking insole templates  and advising patients and their carers on foot health and footwear.


Podiatry assistants need to be:

  • willing to handle other people’s feet
  • calm and reassuring
  • caring and dedicated
  • able to follow procedures and instructions
  • willing to work alone or in a team
  • able to explain treatment to patients

You will also need:

  • good manual (hand) skills
  • organisation skills
  • communication skills
  • customer service skills


There are no set entry requirements to become a podiatry assistant. Employers expect good literacy and numeracy and may ask for GCSEs, or equivalent.  They may ask for an NVQ, BTEC or equivalent qualification in health and social care or healthcare. Employers often ask for relevant work experience. Even where this is not specified, it would be an advantage if you have worked in health or social care, either in paid employment or voluntary work.

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