A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM) that treats foot and ankle and related lower extremity problems. Podiatrists complete an undergraduate degree and then spend four years in a podiatric medical school (there are currently 9 colleges of podiatric medicine in the country). Podiatric medical school closely mirrors allopathic medical training with the first two years more focused on basic sciences (anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, microbiology, etc.) with the last two years more focused on clinical applications. After graduating from a podiatric medical college with a DPM degree, post-graduate training for podiatrist has now been standardized to three years of hospital based residency training in foot and ankle surgery and medicine.
Podiatrists are highly trained physicians and surgeons who treat one of the most fundamental parts of the body. Feet are complex anatomical structures, all-in-one stabilizers, shock absorbers, and propulsion engines that are instrumental to overall health and well-being. In practice, podiatrists can specialize in a variety of areas from sports medicine to pediatrics to surgery. They work in a variety of settings including private practices, clinics, hospitals, and educational environments. Many podiatrists own their own businesses. Podiatrists receive specialized medical and surgical training and board certification in the care of the lower extremity.
For more information on podiatrists go to www.apma.org or www.todayspodiatrist.com
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