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Six reasons to study Podiatry

For those considering a degree in Podiatry but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are six compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. Improve people’s quality of life

As a professional podiatrist or chiropodist, you’ll help people to be more mobile and independent. From sports injuries to diabetes, there are many different issues that can be treated through podiatry. If you like caring for people and easing their pain, this could be the degree for you.

2. A very vocational course

After studying Podiatry, you’ll graduate equipped with the specialist skills needed to work right away as a healthcare professional. Graduate data show that the majority of Podiatry students enter into professional employment or continue their studies within six months of graduation.

3. Lots of practical learning

Podiatry courses mix together theoretical learning, practical teaching and clinical placements. Many universities have on-site facilities such as clinics, surgical theatre suites and orthotics laboratories. You’ll probably be on placements every academic year in an NHS clinic or private practice, where you gain real-life experience working alongside different healthcare professionals.

Most students complete 1,000 hours of clinical practice. After completing these hours, you become eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and register as a podiatrist.

4. Good work/life balance

Most medical professions demand hospital shift work in the evenings and weekends. Podiatry, on the other hand, tends to offer more flexibility in hours and environment. You can choose to work in a hospital or private practice, and find a working lifestyle that works best for you.

5. Global opportunities

Courses are usually to the standard of the HCPC, with whom you register as a podiatrist after you graduate. These qualifications are widely recognised in Europe and across the world. Many podiatrists find work in the field overseas.

6. Career progression

There are several areas to explore as a professional podiatrist. You could specialise in surgery, orthotics, designing appliances, fitting aids, nails, diabetes or wound care, for example.

Many graduates work towards becoming a forensic podiatrist, podiatric surgeon or advanced podiatrist. Others continue their studies as a postgraduate and become a researcher or educator.

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