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Descriptions & Duties

  • Podiatrists provide medical and surgical treatment for people with foot, ankle, and lower leg problems. They diagnose illnesses, treat injuries, and perform surgery. They are also responsible for prescribing medications and recommending corrective devices, physical therapy, or special shoe inserts (orthotics) to improve a patient's mobility.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Trade Specific Competencies

Professional knowledge and skills in podiatric therapy

Podiatrists must be able to apply the knowledge and skills in podiatry. They must design rehabilitative and therapeutic plans to help prevent, reduce or overcome the influence of podiatric diseases on all types of podiatric patients.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • in Hong Kong, a podiatrist is one of the health care professions (e.g. psychologists, dietitians, speech therapist) that do not require statutory registration. Although legal registration is not required, a practicing podiatrician must hold a podiatrics degree or equivalent with completion of a 3-year residency program, and be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council in the United Kingdom, or apply for a licence in the United States, or have the same qualifications.

Professional qualification

  • nearly all prospective Podiatrists earn a bachelor's degree in specific courses in laboratory sciences such as biology, chemistry, and physics before attending a college of podiatric medicine

Other specific requirements

  • since there is no training for podiatrists in Hong Kong, in addition to overseas recruitment, the Hospital Authority will also send trainees to receive professional training in the United Kingdom, Australia or USA under a pedicure training sponsorship programme for Podiatrists from time to time; holding membership of the International Podiatrists Association of Hong Kong (IPAHK) or the Hong Kong Podiatrists Association (HKPodA) is preferable.

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $30,000-$60,000

Monthly Salary $40,000-$80,000

Monthly Salary $50,000-$110,000

Government Sector

Monthly Salary Hospital Authority Pay Scale Point 13-23

Monthly Salary Hospital Authority Pay Scale Point 24-34

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Podiatrists work primarily in hospitals or clinics. They usually work regular business hours.


  • Medical measuring tapes
  • Bandage scissors
  • Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory
  • Medical examination protective gloves
  • Medical X-ray units for general diagnostic use - Portable X-ray machines; Stationary X-ray equipment
  • Reflex hammers or mallets
  • Surgical bolt or cable or pin or wire cutter instruments - Pin and wire cutters; Surgical wire cutters
  • Surgical burr or its accessories
  • Surgical chisels or gouges; Mastoid gouges; Nucleus knives; Podiatry chisels
  • Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
  • Surgical pliers
  • Surgical rasps
  • Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation units
  • Ultrasonic cleaning equipment
  • Ultrasonic therapy apparatus or supplies

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