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Stop me from becoming a Podiatrist?!!

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by bill_w, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. bill_w

    bill_w Welcome New Poster

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    Hello everyone, my name is Bill (as you can probably tell by my username ). I joined because I'm after some advice from you lovely folk here at PA. Many years ago, after school, I considered the foot health field after suffering a little with my feet as a child. At the time I was young and stupid, and I made the wrong decision by deciding against it. I now (through some good fortune) have a chance to remedy that. I have a strong interest in bio, and I feel that I could really enjoy this if I was given the chance. That is the theory side, but now I'm here for the practicalities. I'd really appreciate hearing advice from pods who are working about the industry. Do you recommend it as a career? Is the salary range acceptable? Does it offer a chance at entrepreneurial activities? All of those (and more) I am hoping to hear about. I have read the feet for life website, and now I would like to hear actual "in the trenches advice" that is free from bias (or at least corporate bias ).
  2. Catfoot

    Catfoot Well-Known Member

    Hello Bill_w,


    Could you please indicate where you live and then it is easier to give you country-specific advice?


  3. DAVOhorn

    DAVOhorn Well-Known Member

    Hi All,

    feetforlife is a UK website so presume he is UK.

    I suggest you go to yellow pages and find a good practice and visit the practice.

    Also look at FHP websites and look at a practice.

    Private Practice can be financially rewarding , but it depends what you consider entrepreneurial.

    £100k might be a fortune to some but not worth getting out of bed for.:bash:

    I have friends who have turnovers of £70k pa but not sure of profitability.

    You could look at a mutidisciplinary practice with other Health Disciplines too earn rent out of.

    You could also do retail.

    So we now have to consider are you a clinician or a retailer.

    If money is primary motivator then Dentistry and veterinary are far more lucrative.

  4. DAVOhorn

    DAVOhorn Well-Known Member

    Sorry Bill,

    i forgot to add another dimension.

    I worked for a large practice in Aus.

    Two practices with 7 staff full and part time.

    So total of 5 practitioners each working day.

    Broad based practice with Bio mech Diabetes Wound care and general practice.

    The staff were on an Associate status and earned 40% of revenue + 9% super annuation.

    Average full time taxable earnings for each staff member was between $85-110k Aus excluding super annuation. This was dependent on effort and case load base. Bio mech more financially rewarding than wound care.

    So you can do a big as Scholl Shurroppody or be a sole trader.

    you can be a £10.00 per t/t or a £70.00 per t/t. Fee structure is up to you.


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