Podiatrists aim to enhance the mobility and independence of individuals through the prevention and management of pathological foot problems and associated illnesses or injuries. Podiatrists diagnose, treat and prevent foot abnormalities by providing information on good foot health. Typical tasks include:

  • examining feet to diagnose disorders or infections
  • providing treatments for foot disorders, infections and abnormalities, including complex structural and functional abnormalities of the lower leg
  • performing surgical procedures on the foot
  • treating abnormalities of the skin, bones, joints and nails
  • prescribing corrective devices such as orthotic devices and recommending footwear for specific foot conditions
  • providing advice on the prevention of foot disorders to patients and the general public


Podiatrists work in a variety of locations including community health centres, private practice, hospitals, sports medicine clinics, and nursing homes. Podiatrists may work in multidisciplinary health teams to formulate of care plans, and provision of direct care as deemed appropriate and agreed to by the individual.


Podiatrists may work specifically with particular groups such as children, sportspeople/dancers, indigenous people and the aged or in particular areas such as occupational health or general medical conditions affecting feet and legs


Qualification requirements are an accredited podiatry degree together with registration with the appropriate authority to practice.