Doctors of podiatric medicine (DPMs), also known as podiatrists, can diagnose, treat and prevent disorders of the foot and ankle. They employ medical, surgical and biomechanical means to treat injuries, deformities or abnormal growths of the foot and ankle. Podiatric physicians prescribe orthotics, braces and shoes to treat conditions and improve the patients walking and posture. Podiatric physicians stress preventive health care and are often the first health care professionals to recognize symptoms of diabetes, heart disease or arthritis. Podiatric physicians work with all other health care professionals and will refer patients for treatment of serious conditions involving the body. In addition to general practice, DPMs may choose to pursue certification in a specialty area such as surgery, orthopedics, or public health. Some of the noted subspecialties are primary care, sports medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics, radiology and diabetic foot care.
Where to Get Education
$91,000-$150,000 and up depending on specialty
Typically a Bachelor's degree plus one- to three-year postgraduate training at a teaching hospital