Podiatrists diagnose and treat a wide range of foot and related lower limb conditions, including those that can cause pain elsewhere in the body, such as knees, and analyse the way people walk or run. Integral to the practice of podiatry is an understanding of human anatomy, biomolecular science, pharmacology, dermatology, and clinical medicine and surgery. They may use orthotic devices to correct alignment and assist with walking difficulties, provide physical therapy for rehabilitation of sports injuries, or correct some foot problems using minor surgical techniques. They also care for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis.

Podiatrists often work with other health professionals in hospitals, establish a private practice or train as a podiatric surgeon. Other careers include paediatric podiatry, sports podiatry, high-risk podiatry, community health or research.

Our teaching and clinical staff are practising podiatrists who maintain links with the profession, ensuring our courses are up-to-date and relevant. During the course you will complete more than 1000 hours of clinical placement at our on-campus podiatry clinic and at external facilities where you can participate in biomechanics/musculoskeletal clinics, sports clinics, diabetes foot complication clinics, paediatric clinics and general podiatry clinics.

At the end of the second year of study in this course you will have the option to apply for the Bachelor of Podiatry (Honours). This allows you to complete an honours research project that extends your knowledge of the professional field, offering a competitive advantage in your career.

QUT introduced Queensland's first degree in podiatry.

World-class training facilities

The QUT Health Clinics give students the chance to treat patients in a real-world clinical training environment. Under the supervision of practising podiatrists students have access to a paediatrics room, surgical facilities, orthotic prescription and dispensing facilities, plus high-tech equipment that helps students examine and treat a range of foot and lower limb issues.

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