Podiatrists look after the health of people's feet by diagnosing, treating and preventing foot abnormalities, and educating the public about good foot health.
Duties & Tasks
Podiatrists may perform the following tasks:examine patients' feet to diagnose any disorders or infections and decide on an appropriate treatment
give advice about foot health and the prevention of foot disorders
treat deformities such as flat feet and foot imbalance by using corrective devices such as orthoses
work with patients suffering from diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, peripheral vascular disorders and other neuropathies
perform surgical procedures on feet
treat abnormalities of bones, joints, skin and nails such as bunions, toe deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, warts and other infections
recommend footwear for specific foot conditions
prescribe orthotic devices for protection and correction of a wide range of foot and leg irregularities.
desire to work with people on a one-on-one basis
independent and highly motivated
interest in health care
good communication skills
good with hands.