I recently did a Q&A for a sports recruitment website – Jobs in Football – they wanted to ask me about being a podiatrist for a football club – a job in football! This is something I get asked quite a lot, so thought it was worth sharing the Q&A on the #amymacpod page too. Any questions? Get in touch!
Can you tell us a bit about your business?
I run a private podiatry clinic based in Aberdeen Sports Village and SPEAR Westhill Clinic for just over 6 years. I am a qualified podiatrist, which means I diagnose and treat condition of the lower limb and foot. I am a member of the College of Podiatry and am registered with the HCPC, a regulatory body for allied health professionals.
What qualifications do you have and what ongoing professional development do you do?
I have a BSc in Podiatry with Honours. As part of my qualification, I am qualified to administer local anaesthetics and supply certain prescription only medications. Every year, I have to do both clinical and non-clinical professional development as part of my registration with the College of Podiatry. I do this by attending training courses, going to conferences and reading journals to increase my learning. During this, I get a chance to met and learn from other podiatrists from around the world and learn from leading experts in specialist areas of podiatry.
What sort of sporting patients or sport teams do you work with?
As part of my working week, I see many types of patients. Some of my patients are at national level for their sport, including Commonwealth and olympic team members- which is pretty cool! Also, I am the podiatrist for Aberdeen Football Club and have been since January 2017.
How did you get to be the Podiatrist for the team?
I approached the Head of Medical & Football Science for the club and asked if they had ever considered a podiatrist as part of the medical support team for the players. After a coffee and a chat with Adam, I was officially the pod for the team! I am delighted to be able to work with the guys on a regular basis, keeping injury at bay and having a laugh at the same time. Plus as an Aberdeen fan, itâs a great job!
Tell us about a standard day for a podiatrist in the locker room?
Well, for starters, you need to have a thick skin. The banter in the treatment room is always a laugh, but everyone is a target for being the butt of a joke- you have to be quick witted to keep up with them!
The days I am in the club can be varied. The guys have a list that they can write their names down for treatment. This can be anything from cutting back stubborn, bruised nails to lancing blood blisters and making silicon devices to prevent rubbing between the toes in boots. Iâve had to remove a toenail after it being stood on with a football stud and get the wound healed whilst having to make this fit in with the training schedule.
Can you give us one top tip for your feet for a player?
PLEASE wear boots that fit you and donât squish your feet into boots that are too small- your feet will suffer in the long term if you donât. Oh, and talc those feet, itâll keep the moisture levels at bay and will help prevent blistering as well as Athleteâs Foot!
Can you give us one top tip for a career in Podiatry for a sport team?
Go and speak to your local team and ask if you can have a chat with them about podiatry. Share with them how you feel you could help them and offer to do a talk to their players/team.