Female podiatrist holds orthopaedic insoles for the treatment and prevention of flat feet

Podiatrist

Podiatrists prevent, diagnose and treat disorders of the feet.

Overview

Podiatrists prevent, diagnose and treat disorders of the feet.

Day-to-day

  • examining patients' feet to determine the nature and extent of conditions, deformities and injuries
  • examining and treating foot disabilities caused by diseases such as diabetes, peripheral vascular disorders, rheumatoid arthritis and other neuropathies
  • prescribing and arranging the fabrication of footwear to correct foot abnormalities
  • performing minor surgery to remove and improve abnormal conditions
  • prescribing and fitting replaceable pads, palliative and functional supports and other devices for the protection and correction of foot abnormalities
  • advising patients about continued treatment and foot care
  • may provide rehabilitation services to the physically handicapped
  • may refer patients to or have patients referred from Medical Practitioners.

Considerations

  • stressful.

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To become a Podiatrist

  • You need a bachelor degree in podiatry to work as a Podiatrist.

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  • Registration with the Podiatry Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency is required.

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