Podiatry

Podiatry is about training as a podiatrist.

A podiatrist treats people for disorders of the foot, ankle and lower leg, and may also do podiatry research.

Training as a podiatrist involves learning about how these parts of the body work.

This includes learning about diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, and prevention.

NZ university majors related to this area

Did you know?

Until the turn of the 20th century, podiatry (then known as chiropody) were separate from 'organised' medicine.

Since around the 1920s, podiatry has been a recognised medical specialty.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!), and some require registration.

  • Private-practice podiatrist
  • Hospital podiatrist
  • Osteopath
  • Medical researcher
  • Health education teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

143% of national
median earnings


Employment

64%
Employed
1%
Unemployed
24%
Further study
11%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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