Many students who are looking at a career in healthcare do not usually consider podiatry as a choice, either by lack of knowing what podiatry is, or because we deal with feet which many consider unpleasant. Our feet are extremely important and as almost everyone has feet and need them to walk, you can be sure that there will be plenty of work for podiatrists.
Most people think that podiatrists simply cut out corns and fix bunions all day, but there is so much more to it! We can treat a child who walks with “pigeon toes”, heal ulcers caused by diabetes complications, cure ingrown toenails permanently, and even assist sports people in injury recovery and prevention.
As a high school student I knew I wanted a career in healthcare, but there were so many options I didn’t know where to start. I followed several different professions including a physiotherapist, a dentist and an osteopath. I had lots of experiences with all kinds of healthcare professionals, but my decision to apply to podiatry school came after shadowing a podiatrist. It was a great experience and I had a lot of fun on that day. I was very lucky as the day that I was observing a surgical procedure was performed and I was able to assist.
I studied podiatry in New Zealand and graduated in 2009. Since then I have worked in Singapore and in New Zealand and have seen some very interesting feet! I have worked in a sports clinic treating many of Asia’s elite athletes, and I am now back in New Zealand working in my own clinic alongside other professionals treating mostly young sports people and patients with diabetes related foot problems.
Being a podiatrist is an excellent career choice, and it is something that all students considering a career in healthcare should consider. There a many different career paths you can take, but I would recommend to anyone considering any type of healthcare profession to shadow different professions so that you truly get to know what the job entails.