PODIATRISTS ARE SPECIALISTS IN DIAGNOSING AND TREATING CONDITIONS OF THE LOWER EXTREMITY-FOOT, ANKLE, AND RELATED STRUCTURES OF THE LEG.
Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), known also as a podiatric physician or surgeon are qualified by their unique education and training. A DPM is a specialist for the prevention of and treatment of conditions, diseases and injuries. Podiatrists utilize x-rays and laboratory tests for diagnostic purposes, and can prescribe medication. They also order physical therapy, set fractures, and perform surgery.
Podiatric physicians must graduate from one of nine accredited four year schools and national boards must be passed. A two year residency is required to obtain a state license.
Within the profession podiatric physicians can specialize in other areas such as surgery, orthopedics, or public health. Podiatrists may also practice in subspecialties such as sports medicine, pediatrics, dermatology, radiology, geriatrics, or diabetic foot care.