What is a Podiatric Surgeon?…

What is a Podiatric Surgeon?….

Podiatric surgery is a specialist field of practice within the podiatry profession.
Podiatric Surgeons are podiatrists who have had extensive postgraduate training in the surgical management of foot and ankle problems. (See below for more details of training).

Despite practising surgery, your consultant will advise you about the non-surgical treatments available for your foot problem.  This will help you make an informed choice regarding your treatment and agree a care plan together.

…. an Expert in their Field

Podiatric Surgeons have a formal education in foot health and medical sciences and are trained to recognise the signs and symptoms of general medical conditions within the lower limb e.g. diabetes.  Your consultant will be able to treat the foot and ankle symptoms of these conditions but will liase with your GP for formal medical opinion or assistance if required.

Podiatric Surgeons are independent clinicians in the field of foot surgery and not medical doctors.  They are to feet very much like dentists are to teeth.

Where do Podiatric Surgeons Work?

Consultant Podiatric Surgeons work in the NHS and private sector and are recognised by private health insurance providers.

Podiatric Surgeons are valued members of the healthcare team and received referrals from a range of health professionals seeking their expert opinion, e.g. GPs, other consultants, podiatrists, practice nurses and physiotherapists.

Podiatric surgery services are based in acute hospital and community trusts, as well as in independent hospitals across the UK.

Surgical Training

A Consultant Podiatric Surgeon will have undertaken the following training:-

  • Podiatrist: 3 – 4 Year University Degree in Podiatric Medicine
  • Specialist Podiatrist: 2-3 Year MSc in The Theory of Podiatric Surgery + Assessment of Professional Skills.
  • Podiatric Surgical Trainee: 3 year Consultant Supervised Training + Final surgical examination
  • Specialist Registrar in Podiatric Surgery: 3 Year Specialist Training to consolidate surgical skills.
  • Podiatric Surgeon: Can apply for a Consultant Post as a lead clinician – A minimum of 11 years Specialist Training.

Professional Regulation

Podiatrists are regulated by The Health and Care Professions Council, who set standards for registrants’ education and training, professional skills and behaviour.

Questions and Concerns

If you have any questions or concerns about the treatment you receive, your consultant will be happy to discuss these with you or help arrange a second opinion.

Alternatively, the NHS Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS,) or business office (private sector) can provide further help and advice.


The above information has been taken from the official literature of:-

The College of Podiatry  www.feetforlife.org

More information can be found here: https://www.scpod.org/podiatric-surgery/