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Other names for Podiatrist:

  • Chiropodist
  • Podiatric Surgeon



Youtube clip – Looking at the career of a Podiatrist

For training options in South Africa – scroll down


What is a Podiatrist? 

Podiatrists are highly trained medical professionals.

Podiatrists treat lower-leg conditions such as knock-knees, inwardly turned feet, skin infections, diabetes, arthritis, circulation problems, and sports injuries.

They also treat foot and leg disorders in children, older people, or disabled people. 

Areas of podiatry:

  • General foot problems
  • Growth and development
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Circulation problems
  • Sports injuries

They may refer the patient to a medical specialist, if they find symptoms of other problems. 

Podiatry is a challenging career for someone who wants to work in the medical field and can be financially rewarding.

What does a Podiatrist do?

  • discusses treatments options with patients
  • advises patients on foot care
  • carries out a range of treatments using scalpels, chemicals and occasionally local anaesthetics
  • provides long-term care for people at high risk of foot injury or disability, such as people with diabetes
  • performs minor surgery such as removing bunions
  • screens children for foot problems
  • diagnoses and treats sports injuries
  • educates the public about the importance of healthy feet

Are you . . . ?

  • interested in working in the medical industry?
  • willing to work with feet and legs?
  • happy to work with people of all ages?
  • patient?
  • caring?
  • responsible?

How do I become a Podiatrist?

You will need a successfully complete a 4 year BTech Podiatry programme.
If you want to, you can complete a MTech too.

  • University of Johannesburg

Once qualified you will need to apply to the HPCSA to be awarded designation. Only then can you use the title: Professional Podiatrist.


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions.


  • PASA: Podiatry Association of South Africa

This is the official website of the Podiatry Association of South Africa, which represents podiatrists around the country.


  • HPCSA: Health Professions Council of South Africa



OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Audiologist or Physiotherapist

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