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Podiatrist

Podiatrist

A rewarding career helping people gain more mobility and independence.

What's it like to be a Podiatrist?

A Podiatrist is an Allied Health professional who specialises in the treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower extremity.

Tasks and duties

  • Diagnosing diseases and deformities of the foot using medical histories, x-rays, laboratory tests and physical examinations.
  • Treating deformities, prescribing and making orthotic inserts for patients when they’re required.
  • Performing minor surgical procedures, like ingrown toenail surgery, using a local anaesthetic.
They work in hospitals, in private practices, nursing homes and community medical clinics.
Podiatrists can specialise in areas like sports medicine, paediatrics and gerontology, among others.

What can I earn as a Podiatrist?

The most common salary  for a Podiatrist is between $65k and $75k
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How to become a Podiatrist

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To become a Podiatrist you need to complete a degree such as a Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine or Bachelor of Podiatry. The coursework includes theoretical and practical lessons, as well as clinical experience.
  1. Complete an accredited podiatry degree. Entry requirements for these courses usually require that you have completed high school, studied a number of science subjects and achieved an appropriate ATAR. Alternatively, you may complete an approved undergraduate degree and a Master of Podiatric Practice.
  2. Register with the podiatry board in the state you wish to work in.
  3. Many Podiatrists choose to specialise based on their experience and interests. Common areas of specialisation include sports medicine, biomechanics, arthritis and gerontology.

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