Podiatrist Rata Waewae
Podiatrists diagnose, treat and prevent foot and lower limb problems.
Podiatrists need to be registered with the Podiatrists Board of New Zealand and have a current Annual Practising Certificate.
- Podiatrists Board of New Zealand website - information on registration
- Podiatrists Board of New Zealand website - information about Annual Practising Certificates
Podiatrists may do some or all of the following:
- treat foot problems, sports injuries and walking or running disorders
- treat gait (walking) abnormalities in children
- prescribe and arrange the making of orthotics (inner soles) to correct foot problems
- advise patients about foot health, prevention and treatment of problems, and choice of shoes
- perform foot surgery such as nail or wart removal, or toe realignment
- carry out biomechanical assessments.
Podiatrists need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses).
Useful experience for podiatrists includes:
- work caring for people, such as nursing
- experience in shoe manufacturing or sports industries.
Podiatrists need to be:
- patient, friendly and helpful
- practical and accurate, with an eye for detail
- efficient and able to work well independently
- good listeners and communicators
- good at time management.
Podiatrists need to have knowledge of:
- the structure and function of the skeleton and its muscular system
- medical conditions that influence mobility
- various medicines and how they affect the body
- different x-ray and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques
- how to sculpt orthotics (inner soles)
- how to carry out minor surgical operations.
Podiatrists who run their own businesses also need business skills.
Podiatrists usually work:
- regular business hours
- in clinics or from their homes, but may also work in hospitals, marae or shoe shops.
A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include biology, chemistry, physical education, health and English.
Podiatrists may progress to work in managerial or educational roles, or establish their own practice.
Podiatrists may specialise in:
- high-risk feet (diabetes)
- sports injuries
- paediatrics (children's feet)
- aged care.
Years Of Training3 years of training required.
To become a podiatrist you need a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in podiatry from Auckland University of Technology (AUT), or an overseas qualification recognised by the Podiatrists Board of New Zealand.
You also need to be registered with the Podiatrists Board of New Zealand and have a current Annual Practising Certificate.
- Auckland University of Technology website - information about the Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry)
The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 means that if you have certain serious convictions, you can’t be employed in a role where you are responsible for, or work alone with, children.