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This job is sometimes referred to as:
- Foot Specialist
Podiatrists diagnose, treat and prevent foot and lower limb problems. Their work includes routine foot care, the care of lower limbs for people with diseases such as diabetes, the diagnosis and treatment of sports-related injuries, nail and skin surgery, and biomechanical assessment.
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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
- registration with the Podiatrists Board of New Zealand
- a current Annual Practising Certificate.
- Podiatrists Board of New Zealand website - information on registration
- Auckland University of Technology website - information about the Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry)
- Podiatrists Board of New Zealand website - information about requirements for Annual Practising Certificates
A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include biology, chemistry, physical education and English.
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.
Useful experience for podiatrists includes:
- work caring for people, such as nursing
- experience in shoe manufacturing or sports industries.
Podiatrists need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses).
Podiatrists must be registered with the Podiatrists Board of New Zealand.
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Updated 15 Feb 2013