Amy Dickson, tells us what a typical day in the life of a Podiatrist looks like.
The role of a Podiatrist can vary so much day-to-day, with a variety of challenges and, of course, lots of success stories!
A typical day for a Podiatrist can take three different routes-we either run community clinics in local health centres, do domiciliary visits or more experienced Podiatrists work at the BRI/NBT in the diabetes foot clinics.
A day in the community clinics will begin with looking through the patient’s booked in that day, and preparing yourself for the day ahead (as we often work in new/different locations- this frequently involves finding where everything is). Then as the day begins, and the patients arrive for their appointments- the fun starts. We see patient’s that are ‘high risk’, this may involve them being diabetic, having connective tissue disorders, peripheral arterial disease, neurological disorders and more, that put them at high risk of developing a foot problem. A high number of patients we see have active foot ulcerations, or are receiving preventive care due to a history of foot ulceration.
We will often share care of patients with the district nurses and treatment room nurses; frequently taking advice from services such as DANs, wound care services, dermatology and using all knowledge available! We are very well supported by our Knowle admin team; all Podiatrists in the team will agree they are a godsend if you are having a difficult day.
A day as a Podiatrist may also involve working on the Diabetes Risk Line: this is a phone service that runs Mon-Fri for diabetic patients with urgent queries or concerns of their feet. This day will also involve triaging referrals, providing patients with advice and booking patients into urgent review appointment slots.
You can find out more about our Podiatry service here.