Podiatrist Rata Waewae

Podiatrists diagnose, treat and prevent foot and lower limb problems.

Podiatrists may do some or all of the following:

  • treat foot problems, sports injuries and walking or running disorders
  • treat gait (walking) abnormalities in children
  • prescribe and arrange the making of orthotics (inner soles) to correct foot problems
  • advise patients about foot health, prevention and treatment of problems, and choice of shoes
  • perform foot surgery such as nail or wart removal, or toe realignment
  • carry out biomechanical assessments.

Physical Requirements

Podiatrists need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses).

Useful Experience

Useful experience for podiatrists includes:

  • work caring for people, such as nursing
  • experience in shoe manufacturing or sports industries.

Personal Qualities

Podiatrists need to be:

  • patient, friendly and helpful
  • practical and accurate, with an eye for detail
  • efficient and able to work well independently
  • good listeners and communicators
  • good at time management.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for podiatrists includes:

  • work caring for people, such as nursing
  • experience in shoe manufacturing or sports industries.

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include biology, chemistry, physical education, health and English.

Podiatrists can earn around $46K-$65K per year per year.

Podiatrists may progress to work in managerial or educational roles, or establish their own practice.

Podiatrists may specialise in:

  • high-risk feet (diabetes)
  • sports injuries
  • paediatrics (children's feet)
  • aged care.
Podiatrist