What is a Podiatrist?
- A podiatrist, DPM, doctor
of podiatric medicine, is the only health care professional whose
total training focuses on the foot, ankle and related body systems.
- As a specialist in foot care,
the podiatrist receives extensive training in the diagnosis,
treatment and prevention of foot and ankle disorders by medical
and surgical means.
- After obtaining an undergraduate
degree, the podiatric doctor spends four years in a college of
podiatric medicine to obtain a doctorate degree.
- Many podiatrists further
their education by participating in a post-graduate residency
program at an approved hospital or university.
- Following their doctorate
degree, each podiatrist must pass national and state examinations
in order to be licensed by the state in which he or she will
- The podiatric physician cares
for people of all ages, treating any foot problem.
- The common disorders include
bunions, heel pain/spurs, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown toenails,
warts, corns and calluses.
- The podiatric physician also
renders care of sprains, fractures, infections, lower extremity
ulcerations, and injuries of the foot, ankle and heel.
- If your podiatric surgeon
is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, he or
she has successfully completed a credentialing and examination
process and has demonstrated knowledge of podiatric surgery,
including the diagnosis of general medical problems and surgical
management of foot diseases, deformities, and trauma of the foot,
ankle and related structures.
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