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body or mind



Medical Field

Boss or Team

Own Boss


Good Communicator

Work With


Math & Science

Maths & Science

Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years


Either Alone or In a Busy Environment


A podiatrist specialises in diagnosing, treating and preventing foot, ankle and lower leg problems.  These problems may include things like disfigurations, diseases or injuries of 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.

Required Qualifications:

To become a podiatrist in South Africa, you will typically need the following qualifications:

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

Level of Schooling & School Subjects

NCS/NC(V) certificate

Recommended subjects:

Duration of Study

Podiatrists in South Africa typically study for 4 years.

Employment Opportunities

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. 

Podiatrists in South Africa often work in their own practises. 

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