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Podiatrist / Chiropodist

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€33k > 50
Chiropodist/Podiatrist
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€33 - 50
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HSE.ie

Last Updated: February, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Specialises in the care and treatment of infections and diseases of the foot.


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The Work header image

Many people have a problem with their feet at some time, often in later life. The work Chiropodists do to overcome or prevent foot problems is an important part of healthcare services. Being able to help people so directly makes a Chiropodist's career very rewarding.  
 
The centre of your clinical work is to assess, diagnose and treat diseases and abnormalities of the foot. Your patients will be of all ages - from infants to the elderly. Health promotion is another important aspect. You will need to have - and use - a wide range of clinical and communication skills. Chiropodists are comprehensively trained.  
 
The Chiropodist's work can vary greatly from patient to patient, depending on the individual problem and the plan you have drawn up to treat it. The aim is to cure the patient's problem, whenever possible, and to prevent it recurring - or any new one developing.  
 
Unfortunately, not all problems can be cured or prevented, especially in older people. In these cases, the aim of the treatment is to keep your patients as free of pain as possible, enabling them to remain mobile, and to stop matters becoming worse.


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Surgically treat conditions such as corns, calluses, ingrown nails, tumors, shortened tendons, bunions, cysts, and abscesses.

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Diagnose diseases and deformities of the foot using medical histories, physical examinations, x-rays, and laboratory test results.

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Prescribe medications, corrective devices, physical therapy, or surgery.

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Advise patients about treatments and foot care techniques necessary for prevention of future problems.

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Treat bone, muscle, and joint disorders affecting the feet and ankles.

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Refer patients to physicians when symptoms indicative of systemic disorders, such as arthritis or diabetes, are observed in feet and legs.

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Make and fit prosthetic appliances.

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Correct deformities by means of plaster casts and strapping.

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Perform administrative duties such as hiring employees, ordering supplies, and keeping records.

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Educate the public about the benefits of foot care through techniques such as speaking engagements, advertising, and other forums.

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Assisting and Caring for Others: Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Documenting/Recording Information: Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Performing Administrative Activities: Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public: Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.


Knowledge header image

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Medicine and Dentistry: Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Education and Training: Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Science: Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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You must have a genuine desire to work with people. The ability to communicate with all kinds of people (from professional colleagues to clients) is important. Patience and tact are often needed with clients who may be suffering discomfort, or who feel embarrassed at having an unsightly injury or deformity.  
 
Good hand skills are vital, as you will need to handle instruments in a skilful and accurate way. It is also important that you use sophisticated electrical equipment in a way that makes your clients feel comfortable. The work may appeal to you if you enjoy both working in teams and on your own.


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Go..Chiropodist - from: N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Chiropody Assistant - from: N.C.S. [UK]

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Organisation: Society of Chiropodists/Podiatrists of Ireland
Address: 68 Granville Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Tel: (01) 202 4939
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Organisation: Society of Chiropodists/Podiatrists of Ireland
Address: 68 Granville Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Tel: (01) 202 4939
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Organisation: Health Service Executive (HSE)
Address: Dr Steevens' Hospital, Steevens Lane, Dublin, 8
Tel: 01 635 2000
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Organisation: Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
Address: 1 Fellmongers Path, Tower Bridge Road, London SEI 3LY, UK
Tel: 0044 0 207348620
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Organisation: London Foot Hospital of Chiropody
Address: 33 Fitzroy Square, London WIP 6AY
Tel: +44 (0)171 636 0602
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Organisation: Durham School of Podiatric Medicine
Address: New College, Durham, Framwellgate Moor, Durham DH1 5ES
Tel: +44 (0)191 3862421
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