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A podiatrist specialises in diagnosing, treating and preventing foot, ankle and lower leg problems.  These problems may include things like disfigurations, diseases or injuries to the feet. Specific types of problems that a podiatrist commonly has to deal with are disfigured, injured or diseased feet. 

Sometimes, other diseases like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis or vascular disorders can cause issues with foot health and this is where you as a podiatrist come in.  You’ll also prescribe corrective devices such as special shoes or orthoses and work with patients to prevent any or further foot problems.

How to be a Podiatrist in South Africa

Get the Required Qualifications

Depending on the specific career path you wish to take, you will typically need the following qualifications to be a podiatrist in South Africa.

  1. Certificate (National Senior Certificate /NC(V) certificate)
  2. Bachelor’s Degree (Bachelor of Health Sciences in Podiatry)

Demonstrate Competence in the Required Subjects

Different educational institutions may have different admission requirements; however, you will typically be required to demonstrate competency in the following subjects:

Accumulate Years of Relevant Study and Experience

Podiatrists in South Africa typically study for 4 years. Once you have completed training to become a podiatrist, you’ll be required to register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in order to practice as a professional podiatrist. 

Find Relevant Employment Opportunities

Podiatrists in South Africa often work in their own practises. 

Find More Information from Relevant Regulatory Bodies

To find more information about podiatrists in South Africa, contact:


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