A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), also known as a podiatric physician or surgeon. Podiatrists diagnose and treat conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg.They complete four years of rigorous foot and ankle training in podiatric medical school. Following graduation with a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM) degree, podiatrists spend an additional three years in a hospital residency training program. Some Podiatrists can specialize in many fields, including:

  • Sports medicine,
  • Podiatric surgery,
  • Wound care,
  • Pediatrics,
  • Diabetic foot care.


The foot serves to provide balance, shock absorption, and propulsion for the human body. Injury or disease of the foot can result is the serious disability, impaired mobility, and chronic pain. In order to reduce pain and improve mobility, podiatrists often treat problems such as:

  • Bunion deformity
  • Heel pain/ spurs
  • Corns and calluses
  • Flatfoot/ high arch foot
  • Wound care/ infections
  • Nerve pain/ numbness/ burning/ tingling
  • Diabetes ulcers
  • Athletes foot
  • Fractures,
  • Fungal infections,
  • Hammertoes,
  • Ingrown toenails,
  • Neuromas,
  • Ankle Sprains/ strains
  • Warts.

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