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What is a podiatrist?

Nadia F. Levy, DPM
Podiatric Medicine
A podiatrist is a doctor who specializes in disorders of the foot and ankle. This includes diagnosis, medical and surgical treatments. A podiatrist can specialize in various things including sports medicine, dance medicine, reconstructive and corrective surgery, diabetic foot care, wound care, pediatrics, cosmetic issues and any combination of the above.  
 
J G. Stilwell, DPM
Podiatric Medicine

Most podiatrists now prefer to think of themselves as "foot and ankle surgeons." Since Podiatry has evolved so greatly over the past 20 years, there is still quite a bit of outdated information out there. Many times, even advanced surgeries such as ankle replacements or fracture care are best performed by a podiatric surgeon. Most states allow podiatrists to treat by any medical and surgical means-all disorders of the foot and ankle.

Hillary B. Brenner, DPM
Podiatric Medicine

Podiatrists are highly trained physicians and surgeons focusing on the foot and ankle. They can specialize in surgery, wound care, biomechanics, sports medicine, diabetic foot care and dermatology. Podiatrists complete four years of medical training followed by residency (which can be anywhere from 2-4 years). 

James P. Ioli, DPM
Podiatric Medicine
Podiatrists specialize in the medical, surgical, and orthopedic management of foot and ankle disorders. They complete four years of podiatric medical school and earn a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) degree. Podiatrists go on to complete two to three years of hospital residency training, with an emphasis on foot and ankle surgery.
Curtis C. Pedersen, DPM
Podiatric Medicine
Podiatrists are physicians, surgeons, and specialists who are highly trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Podiatrists complete years of rigorous foot and ankle training in podiatric medical school where they receive the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and hospital-based residency training, making them uniquely qualified to care for this part of the body. They can specialize in:
  • Surgery
  • Wound care
  • Biomechanics
  • Sports medicine
  • Geriatrics
  • Pediatrics
  • Diabetic care 
  • Dermatology
James Christina
Podiatric Medicine
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
A podiatrist treats foot and ankle problems of all sorts. We see foot and ankle injuries, sports medicine injuries, running injuries, foot and ankle deformities, fractures, diabetic foot problems, etc. We see both children and adults.

The most common reasons for patients to visit my office are (in no particular order): heel pain, bunions, sports injuries, diabetic foot problems, and ingrown toenails. 

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