Minimum Doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM)

Not required

The tasks a Chiropodist is expected to perform include:

Treating foot disabilities and abnormalities

Removing cams, bunions, blisters, etc. using surgical instruments

Providing warm foot baths when needed

Removing hard skin from heels and soles of feet

Giving foot massage to the patients

Skilled in assessing and treating foot care ailments, ranging from problems such as verruca to deformity

Skilled in correcting the anatomical relationship between the different segments of the foot

Proficient in monitoring and managing foot problems and deformities caused by diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis

Skilled in advising and treating patients who are at high risk of foot problems and amputation e.g. those suffering from diabetes

Proficient in undertaking nail surgery using local anaesthetics

Not applicable

Good listener

Good communication skills

Hard working




It is not a desk job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available

Work from home option maybe available

Working hours

Hospitals/clinics usually work for 6/7 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from hospital to hospital

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?No

This job is not considered hazardous or dangerousunder The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

One may develop occupational hazards such as stress on eyes, mental and physical strain, joint pains, etc., if not taken care of

For freshers -INR6,000 toINR8,000 per month

For candidates with experience -INR12,000 toINR15,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Healthcare Industry in India

The Indian Brand Equity Foundation in their report on the Healthcare sector of India has stated that healthcare has become one of India's largest sectors - both in terms of revenue and employment. The industry comprises of hospitals, medical devices, clinical trials, outsourcing, telemedicine, medical tourism, health insurance and medical equipment.

The Indian healthcare industry is growing at a tremendous pace due to its strengthening coverage, services and increasing expenditure by public as well as private players. The outlook for the Indian healthcare industry looks positive owing to high growth rate in almost all its segments, including primary healthcare, secondary and tertiary healthcare, medical equipment, diagnostics, health insurance and medical tourism. The ever growing population, increasing government expenditure on health and growing per capita income will increase the size of this industry in the years to come. Per capita income is expected to increase at a CAGR of 5.7% over 2012-18. Rising income means a steady growth in the ability to access healthcare and related services.

Considering all these aspects it is safe to say that the job demand for a Chiropodist is likely to increase in future.

Hospital departments or clinics

Health centres


Nursing homes


Medical institutes

Cities and towns across India