What’s a podiatrist?

A Podiatrist, also known as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), is the only health care professional whose total training focuses on the foot, ankle and related body systems. After obtaining an undergraduate degree, the podiatric doctor spends four years in a Podiatric Medical School to obtain a doctorate degree. Podiatrist then further their education by participating in a 3 year post-graduate residency program at an approved hospital or university that trains them intensively in Forefoot, Rearfoot and Ankle Sugery. Following their doctorate degree, each podiatrist must pass both national and state examinations in order to be licensed by the state in which he or she will practice.

Podiatric physicians care for people of all ages. Common disorders of feet include bunions, heel pain/spurs, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown toenails, warts, corns, calluses, sprains, fractures, infections, and injuries. 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 extensive knowledge and experience in podiatric foot & ankle surgery. This includes the diagnosis of general medical problems and surgical management of foot diseases, deformities, and trauma of the foot, ankle and related structures.

Helpful Links:

Podiatric Organizations
  » American Podiatric Medical Association
  » American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine
  » American Board of Podiatric Surgery
  » American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine
  » American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
  » American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
  » American Podiatric Medical Association
  » Amputation Prevention Global Resource Center
  » Podiatry Network

Diabetic Links
  » American Diabetes Association
  » European Association for the Study of Diabetes
  » International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot
  » Joslin Diabetes Center
  » National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases