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Additional information

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.

How to become qualified in this field (learning path):

  1. NCS/NC(V) certificate
  2. Bachelor of Health Sciences, Podiatry (BHS Podiatry)

Level of Schooling & School Subjects

NCS/NC(V) certificate

Recommended subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physical and life sciences

Educational Institutions offering this qualification

University of Johannesburg:

Duration of study

4 Years


Once your training has been completed, you’ll be required to register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in order to practice as a professional. 

Podiatrists are often self-employed with their own practises. 

Further Information

Health Professions Council of South Africa

South African Podiatry Association

South African Orthotics and Prosthetics Association

Educational Institutions offering this qualification

University of Johannesburg:

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