UEL takes podiatry into local school to promote healthy feet
Lecturer extols podiatry as an interesting and rewarding career
Maryland Primary School children were given an insight into the science of feet when University of East London (UEL) podiatry lecturer Claire Duguid and three of her students paid a visit last week.
The visit was part of the Podiatry and School Science (PASS) project – set up by the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists to raise school children’s awareness of foot health and podiatry by bringing it into the science part of the national curriculum.
Claire and students have visited 10 schools in the east London area over the past four years, discussing questions such as ‘what is podiatry?’ and ‘do taller people have bigger feet?’
The aim is to inspire children to take an interest in the science behind their feet, understand the role of podiatrists and inform parents about where to find help with foot health issues.
Claire said, “It’s great seeing the children's enthusiasm in carrying out the investigation into whether taller people really do have bigger feet, as well as their curiosity to learn more about their own foot health and what podiatrists do.”
Part of Claire’s mission is to inspire children to think about podiatry as a profession when they grow up. UEL is the only university in London to offer an honours degree in Podiatry.
She said, “Podiatry is not a well-known profession, which is a shame as it has excellent job prospects, a wide and varied scope of practice and is an extremely rewarding career.”