Profession podiatry assistant

Podiatry assistants help the podiatrist by carrying out supportive tasks such as assisting in diagnosing and treating the disorders, diseases and deformities of the feet, advising people on foot care techniques and the importance of foot care for promoting better mobility and general well-being. They also perform small tasks such as cutting toe nails, applying plasters and general clerical duties.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Types of orthopedic supplies

    Various types of orthopaedic supplies such as braces and arm supports, used for physical therapy or physical rehabilitation.

  • Foot problems

    Conditions and disorders affecting the health and well being of feet such as fungal infections, ingrown nails, verrucas, smelly feet, flat feet and bunions.

  • Orthopaedic conditions

    The physiology, pathophysiology, pathology, and natural history of common orthopaedic conditions and injuries.

  • Chiropody

    Medical practice dealing with disorders of the feet.

  • Podiatric diseases

    Field of information which distinguishes different kinds of podiatric diseases and disorders regarding foot problems, injuries and maladies, and how to treat them by using conservative and surgical options.

  • Orthopaedics

    Orthopaedics is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Dermatology

    Dermatology is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Clinical coding

    The matching of clinical statements with standard codes of illnesses and treatments through use of a classification system.

  • Health records management

    The procedures and importance of record keeping in a healthcare system such as hospitals or clinics, the information systems used to keep and process records and how to achieve maximum accuracy of records.

  • Podiatric surgery

    The surgical specialty used to treat conditions and deformities of the feet such as tendon, heel and hammer toe surgery.

  • Administrative tasks in a medical environment

    The medical administrative tasks such as registration of patients, appointment systems, record keeping of patients information and repeated precribing.

  • Orthopaedic treatment alternatives

    The appropriate available non-operative and operative treatment alternatives for common orthopaedic conditions and injuries, the benefits and limitations of each type of treatment as well as any potential side effects or complications of the treatment.

Skills

  • Record treated patient's information

    Record information accurately relating to the progress of the patient during therapy sessions.

  • Respond to changing situations in health care

    Cope with pressure and respond appropriately and in time to unexpected and rapidly changing situations in healthcare.

  • Shape nails

    Shape nails by cutting and smoothening the ends of the nails, with the use of files, scissors or emery boards.

  • Treat patients' nails

    Use a nail drill to reduce thickening toenails and remove debris from their sulci by inserting nail packs.

  • Advise on healthcare users' informed consent

    Ensure patients/clients are fully informed about the risks and benefits of proposed treatments so they can give informed consent, engaging patients/clients in the process of their care and treatment.

  • Ensure safety of healthcare users

    Make sure that healthcare users are being treated professionally, effectively and safe from harm, adapting techniques and procedures according to the person's needs, abilities or the prevailing conditions.

  • Comply with quality standards related to healthcare practice

    Apply quality standards related to risk management, safety procedures, patients feedback, screening and medical devices in daily practice, as they are recognized by the national professional associations and authorities.

  • Collect healthcare user data under supervision

    Collect qualitative and quantitative data related to the healthcare user's physical, psychological, emotional and social status and functional ability within set parameters, monitoring healthcare user's responses and status during the performance of assigned measures/tests and taking appropriate action, including reporting the findings to the physiotherapist.

  • Recommend orthotic devices

    Suggest patients to use tailor-made insoles, padding and arch supports to relieve feet pain.

  • Maintain medical devices

    Ensure all medical devices and appliances are properly stored and taken care of so they maintain their functionality and appearance.

  • Develop a collaborative therapeutic relationship

    Develop a mutually collaborative therapeutic relationship during treatment, fostering and gaining healthcare users' trust and cooperation.

  • Perform clinical coding procedures

    Match and record correctly the specific illnesses and treatments of a patient by using a clinical codes classification system.

  • Communicate effectively in healthcare

    Communicate effectively with patients, families and other caregivers, health care professionals, and community partners.

  • Provide medication information

    Provide patients with information about their medication, possible side effects, and contra-indications.

  • Provide footwear advice to patients

    Inform patients on the types of footwear available and suitable for their feet conditions or disorders to increase foot well being.

  • Promote foot health

    Provide information and guidance on means to keep ones feet healthy by wearing appropriate footwear or avoiding unhealthy practices such as fungal infections.

  • Follow clinical guidelines

    Follow agreed protocols and guidelines in support of healthcare practice which are provided by healthcare institutions, professional associations, or authorities and also scientific organisations.

Optional knowledge and skills

apply foot casts surgical asepsis administer appointments obtain healthcare user's medical status information sterilization techniques work in a multicultural environment in health care provide health education human anatomy ensure proper appointment administration microbiology-bacteriology discuss the medical history of the healthcare user apply wound dressings process medical insurance claims medical terminology place orders for orthopedic products send medical samples pharmacology contribute to quality physiotherapy services monitor patient's vital signs health care system work in multidisciplinary health teams employ foreign languages in care treat nails recommend orthopedic goods to customers depending on their condition conduct podiatry consultation analyse x-ray imagery monitor stock level kinetics carry out wound care