July 30, 2015
Podiatric assistants specialize in the field of podiatry, this is a branch of medicine that focuses on the feet, ankles and lower legs. Podiatric assistants perform routine activities that help to keep the medical office running smoothly for the physician. Duties for a podiatric assistant will vary depending on state laws, their position, and any certifications they may have. Their duties may include a mixture of administrative duties and clinical duties and depending on state laws, may also include some surgical duties as well.
Podiatric assistants are required to have a high school diploma and receive a majority of their training from the physicians that they work with. Some practices require assistants to have either a 1-year vocational certificate or a 2-year associate’s degree in medical assisting.
Administrative duties may include ordering, sorting, and storing supplies and restocking the exam rooms. They may have tasks that include cleaning the exam rooms, setting up instruments and equipment as well as cleaning the sterilizer according to the maintenance schedule. Assistants may also be responsible for greeting patients, answering the phones, managing payroll, performing data entry and scheduling patient appointments.
Clinical duties may include keeping a record of patient’s medical history and vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to the patient and answering question that the patients may have. They may be required to help elderly patients with the removal of shoes as well as helping to put their shoes on and may have to help the patients move around the exam area. Assistants are responsible for preparing the patient for procedures by giving a foot bath and clipping toe nails as well as bandaging the patient’s feet. Some assistants are required to take x-rays of patient’s legs, ankles, or feet, cast for orthotics and apply fiberglass casts to the patient’s ankle or foot. Podiatric...