FIRMER FOOTING PODIATRY A FLEXIBLE, DIVERSE CAREER
A STUBBORN ingrown toenail turned out to be a pivotal point in Laura Rabjohns choosing her career path.
As an 18-year-old thinking about life after school, she was impressed by the work of the podiatrist who helped fix the problem.
“I thought ‘you do surgery, you have got your own practice, you work your own hours’,” Ms Rabjohns said.
She returned there to ask for a job after completing a university degree in podiatry.
“Even now I’m still learning so much,” Ms Rabjohns said.
“There’s always new research and technologies so you’ve got to keep up to date.”
After years working in private clinics across Sydney, Ms Rabjohns opened her practice Performance Podiatry with clinics in the city CBD and Darlinghurst.
“I love that I’ve got flexibility with my timetable and pick my own hours,” she said.
Her days are filled with everything from nail surgery, sports injuries, helping children develop and visiting elderly people.
“Getting people out of pain is the best part,” she said.
“I had a high school nurse thank me the other day and say ‘I can now stand in the shower without pain’.”
While she deals with many people embarrassed to take their shoes off, Ms Rabjohns said she has become immune to all sights and smells.
“The first time I watched an injection of local anaesthetic, I fainted,” she said.
“Over time, that squeamishness goes away.”
There are also many times when she comes across people a little too at ease with showing their foot problems.
“It’s when you are at an event and tell people you are a podiatrist and they put their feet on the table,” she said.
Ms Rabjohns said good communication and problem solving skills are necessary for anyone looking to become a podiatrist.
“Find a mentor – someone who is passionate about what they do – and learn from them,” she said.
Laura Rabjohns in her Performance Podiatry clinic in Hengrove Hall.