Medical practitioners called Podiatrists focus on treating injured, badly-shaped, sore, or diseased ankles and feet. They are also known as chiropodists, though this name has been replaced throughout the industry. Some podiatrists specialise in orthopedics and foot surgery. Most have private practices, but others work in government agencies, hospitals, and podiatric colleges.

Duties and tasks

  • May prescribe exercise, drugs, or special shoes
  • May provide splints, braces, pads or various other supports
  • May refer patients to general physicians for illnesses surrounding foot issues
  • Order lab tests and X-rays to diagnose patients issues
  • Treat foot and ankle issues through massage, manipulation, surgery, or physical therapy

Skills required

  • Comfortable working with patients with foot diseases and other issues
  • Formal education is required at a school of podiatry, most applicants hold bachelors degrees in various fields
  • Licensing as a professional podiatrist is required
  • Program leads to doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM) degree, required for work
  • Residencies are sometimes required

Working conditions

Podiatrists often set their own working conditions. Most work about 40 hours a week, and sometimes these hours include weekend and evening times. Some podiatrists also work part-time and they work in comfortable conditions indoors.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australasian Podiatry Council 

Australian Podiatry Association NSW & ACT 

Australian Podiatry Association QLD 

Australian Podiatry Association South Australia 

Australian Podiatry Association Tasmania 

Australian Podiatry Association Victoria 

Australian Podiatry Association Western Australia 

Podiatry Board of Australia 

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