Podiatric surgery is the surgical management of the bones, joints and soft tissues of the foot and associated structures. A podiatric surgeon is a highly skilled clinician who in addition to a first degree in podiatric medicine continues to study at Master’s degree level in podiatric surgery.

Podiatric surgeons work with vascular consultants, diabetologists, orthopaedic surgeons, interventional radiologists and other members of multidisciplinary teams to ensure each patient receives the highest quality care and the best clinical outcomes.

The route to becoming a podiatric surgeon

The journey to becoming a podiatric surgeon begins by gaining experience working as a podiatrist alongside developing your interest in podiatric surgery by reading, networking and obtaining membership support by joining your local Royal College of Podiatry Regional Deanery group. 

Attendance at Royal College of Podiatry conferences is encouraged for the opportunity it gives to learn new things and to network with podiatrists, podiatric surgeons and members who are also interested in podiatric surgery and training.

Our career pathway for podiatric surgery infographic outlines the steps to becoming a podiatric surgeon which begins with the completion of a degree in podiatric medicine delivered at one of the 13 universities in the UK that delivers the programme. 


Training locations

All podiatrists who have qualified with a degree in podiatric medicine are eligible to train to practice podiatric surgery.  There are currently two MSc in the Theory of Podiatric Surgery programmes being delivered in the UK.  One of the courses is delivered jointly by Queen Margaret University Edinburgh and Glasgow Caledonian University and the other course is delivered by the University of Huddersfield.

For more information please visit the university websites.