PODIATRISTS prevent, diagnose and treat disorders of the feet.
Indicative Skill Level:
In Australia and New Zealand:
Occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).
Registration or licensing is required.
examining patients' feet to determine the nature and extent of conditions, deformities and injuries
examining and treating foot disabilities caused by diseases such as diabetes, peripheral vascular disorders, rheumatoid arthritis and other neuropathies
prescribing and arranging the fabrication of footwear to correct foot abnormalities
performing minor surgery to remove and improve abnormal conditions
prescribing and fitting replaceable pads, palliative and functional supports and other devices for the protection and correction of foot abnormalities
advising patients about continued treatment and foot care
may provide rehabilitation services to the physically handicapped
may refer patients to or have patients referred from Medical Practitioners