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Why study podiatry at a medical college?

Podiatry, also known chiropody, deals with the study, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the feet, ankles and lower legs. Podiatrists use their specialist knowledge to treat injuries, infections and conditions that affect the mobility and effectiveness of the lower limbs of the body.

Podiatrists make a real difference to people’s lives, improving their mobility and independence. In general, podiatrists work independently from other medical staff, working on their own caseloads and helping patients on everything from ingrowing toenails to skin problems and broken bones.

What will I study on a podiatry program?

A podiatry program will provide you with necessary knowledge and skills to gain qualification as a podiatrist. Although content may vary from country to country, you should expect your medical college to cover key concepts in anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and pharmacology.

Your program should have a strong practical element, with experience of patient-focused clinical practice and supervised projects in the healthcare arena.

Many programs will also help you to work towards a prescription certificate and local anaesthetic certificate.

Length and structure

The duration and structure of your podiatry program will depend on the medical college and country you choose to study in.

Practical work will form the main part of your training, with courses expecting you to spend several hundred hours on placement in practice. These training hours will be spread out over the full duration of your course.

Theory work will be provided through lectures and seminars, and you’ll be expected to keep up to date with the latest developments in the podiatry field.

Ho can a podiatry program help my career?

Many newly-qualified podiatrists will take a first job in a hospital or clinical setting, allowing them to gain experience of different types of injury and hone their patient skills.

As you gain experience, you’ll be able to specialise in particular industries such as sports, biomechanics, occupational health or education. A growing area of expertise is rheumatology and dermatology, which is becoming more important in ageing and overweight populations.

Many podiatrists opt to go into medical research or teaching in their later years.

Entry requirements

Each country will have a different set of entry requirements from students wanting to study podiatry at a medical college. However, a guide you can expect to be asked to demonstrate the following:
 

  • Minimum level of school education
  • High level of numeracy and literacy
  • Successful interview

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