A Career in Podiatric Medicine launched this month

There has been no career book published since 1988! David brings seventy contributors, past and current students, university lecturers, specialists and generalists in podiatry together in a book to help school students, career teachers, and mature students hoping for a career choice or change. If you want the most up-to-date in-depth look at this fascinating career, then look no further.


Professor Alan Borthwick writes …

This book is an ideal introduction to podiatry, guided by the people who practice it.  Reading about a profession through the varied accounts of its practitioners – from student podiatrists and practising clinicians to educators and researchers – gives the text an authentic and insightful edge.  It provides an honest and wide-ranging portrayal of each of the facets of the profession, illustrating its real contribution to healthcare.  Few texts offer such an accessible picture of contemporary podiatry.  Written in a relaxed style, it provides the newcomer with a clear sense of the profession and how it makes a difference.   For anyone considering a career in podiatry, this book is for you – it addresses the cutting-edge specialisms, including burgeoning fields of practice supported by novel technological advances, as well as its long-established methods of care.  Its contributors imbue their accounts with the enthusiasm of committed professionals, matched with a keen sense of realism.  An acute shortage of qualified podiatrists means there are huge opportunities for those joining it today.  This engaging and informative book is a unique and essential guide to a career in podiatry, one likely to inspire a new generation of practitioners.  

Alan M Borthwick OBE, Emeritus Professor, University of Southampton.   


The author does not recommend one university over another; all universities mentioned were invited to comment on the content of this book. Readers are advised to check each university and view their prospectus and website for further information—more details covering the content show highlights. Different clinicians and lecturers illustrate the breadth and range of podiatric medicine.

Podiatry looks beyond the foot.
Job availability in podiatry.
The NHS Podiatrist.

Placements versus On-Site Clinics.
Which direction to go after qualifying?
After graduation.
Advanced techniques.
Children’s Podiatry.
Independent prescribing (I.P.).
Overseas and work experience.

Making a Career Plan.
The National Health Service.
Extended Scope Practitioners.
The Vascular Practitioner.
Cancer management.
High-Risk Podiatry.
What makes a specialist in high-risk?
Musculoskeletal Podiatry.
Prison Work.
Footwear and research.

The Business End of Podiatry.
Developing a Modern Practice.
Gait Analysis.
Management in the NHS.
Podiatric Sports Medicine.
Dance and podiatry.
Podiatric Surgery.
Expert Witness and Podiatry.
Forensic Podiatry.
The Educationalist.
Research as a Career.

All podiatrists should keep a copy of this useful handbook to advise local schools, patients and prospective students on a modern career in podiatry.

This book was produced with a wide range of assistance from colleagues and has been partially sponsored by ‘Firefly Orthotics’. The University of Southampton has assisted with this project, with special thanks to Mr Benjamin Jones (Podiatrist). 

Views held are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the Royal College of Podiatry (RCoP), Institute of Chiropodists & Podiatrists (IOCP) or the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Thanks for reading the New Podiatry book launched. Editor-author David R. Tollafield

Busypencilcase Communications (Est. 2015)  is a UK-based independent publisher that supports ConsultingFootPain and promotes international podiatry and the profession of podiatry. 

Updated 9 May 2024

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