What is a
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,
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.