What is a Podiatrist?

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What is a Podiatrist?
What is a Podiatrist?

What is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist, or Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), is a professional who is trained in the treatment of injuries or issues concerning a person’s feet, ankles, or areas of the lower leg. When it comes to treatments, podiatrists have the ability to reset broken bones, prescribe drugs, request lab tests or x-rays, as well as perform surgery.

How does someone become a Podiatrist?

To become a podiatrist, one must complete 4 years of medical school, as well as 3 years of a residency where they gain real world experience working at a hospital. When someone completes those two requirements, some choose to gain further certifications by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) in areas such as surgery of the foot and ankle.

How can a Podiatrist help me?

A podiatrist may be of help to you if you are experiencing pain or discomfort due to conditions such as hammertoes, bunions, arthritis, heel pain, ingrown toenails, corns, calluses, fungal nails, flat feet, plantar warts, or athlete’s foot, to name a few. Often, they can also be very useful if you are interested in maintaining general care for your feet, picking the correct shoe size, obtaining footwear inserts or orthotics, as well as suggesting stretches or exercises to help strengthen your feet.

Should I see a Podiatrist if I have foot pain?

If you’re experiencing any problems involving your feet, ankles, or lower leg areas, it is highly recommended that you consult with a podiatrist near you for a proper diagnosis and treatment regime.

Is a podiatrist a real doctor?

A podiatrist is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), also known by other terms such as a podiatric physician or even a surgeon, qualified by their education and training to diagnose and treat many conditions affecting the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg. Podiatrists are indeed defined as physicians by the federal government.