Lesley Lees

Lesley Lees

Lesley is podiatrist working in the community. Podiatrists are healthcare professionals who have been trained to diagnose and treat abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs.

Podiatry is a brilliant career. Podiatrists provide preventative care where we diagnose and treat a range of problems affecting the feet, ankles and legs. From speaking to patients, I know that they are interested in their own health care, and as a clinician, I offer expertise to help resolve their problems – and if there’s a particular issue that I don’t know the answer to, then there’s always someone in the team that does.

I always had an interest to work in healthcare. Having a young family, the hours fitted well with family life. I undertook a two-year access course in Health and Social Care which gave me the A levels to be accepted on to a BSc Degree in Podiatry.

There’s lots of job satisfaction from my role. For example, patients who present with painful problems such as a large corn on the bottom of the foot – which is painful when weight bearing – are thrilled to learn that it can be removed. I provide aftercare advice to prevent the problem reoccurring and when the patient leaves the clinic pain free, seeing their instant relief is very rewarding.

I’d definitely advise anyone to consider a career as podiatrist. Most podiatrists usually begin their career in general clinics, but there are endless opportunities to specialise in a particular area of podiatry, focussing on high-risk patient management, biomechanics, forensic podiatry or wound care. And with further qualifications, it’s possible to pursue academic research in a university, hospital or specialist institution.

In my spare time I like to fell walk in the Lake District, I enjoy swimming and spending quality time with my friends and family. I am a happy hardworking individual who likes a challenge, so working in podiatry is certainly that!

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