Healthcare is an area of work that is constantly changing and advancing, therefore it requires many professionals working together to meet the needs of our diverse population. Podiatrists are healthcare professionals who work as part of that multidisciplinary team to deliver the care needed to keep the population healthy and mobile.
Podiatrists work to improve the mobility, independence and the quality of life for their patients by providing preventative care, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of problems affecting the feet, ankles and lower limbs.
A podiatrist is a specialist who treats the foot and ankle - medically, surgically and biomechanically. Podiatrists play an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of systemic and local conditions which may affect the feet and lower limb such as:
- General foot problems
- Growth and development
- Circulation problems
- Sports injuries
Podiatrists also analyse the biomechanics of the lower limb and foot. Abnormal movement may result in foot, ankle, knee, hip and lower back pain in the young and elderly.
Podiatry is a dynamic career choice for a like-minded individual who is looking for a speciality within the medical field. A career in Podiatry can be both rewarding and lucrative. There are numerous areas in which podiatrists can work. Graduates qualify as independent practitioners and can therefore opt to work in both the public and private health sector both locally and internationally; work in the retail sector; pursue an academic career or conduct research.