What is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a doctor who works in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of lower extremity diseases, disorders and injuries. They are awarded the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) and are part of the healthcare team that works closely with other health professionals to treat and control disease. Podiatrists utilize x-rays and lab tests for diagnostic purposes, prescribe medications, order physical therapy, set fractures, and also perform surgery.

How Are Podiatrists Trained?

Similar to other disciplines in medicine, podiatrists go through four years of premedical college studies, four years of training in a podiatric medical school and three years of training in a surgical residency program. That’s a total of 11 years of education before they are deemed fit to practice. They also obtain board certification and state licensure.

Why Should You See a Podiatrist?

No other healthcare provider has more education and training specific to the foot and ankle. A podiatrist is a specialist that can treat conditions of the foot and ankle both conservatively and surgically. They are able to provide consultations and preventative foot care, diagnose foot ailments, use innovative methods to treat common foot conditions, design corrective orthotics and casts to correct deformities, correct walking patterns and balance and are often the first to detect symptoms of diabetes or cardiovascular disease due to the foot’s relationship with the rest of the body.

What Does a Podiatrist Treat?

The list is endless!

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