What is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a physician trained in the medical, pharmacological, biomechanical and surgical treatment of the foot and ankle and the ligaments, muscle and other soft tissues that insert upon it. Because many medical conditions are manifested in the foot, podiatrists play a key role in diagnosis and management of them.

Podiatrists obtain a degree to become a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine by completing pre medical requirements offered by most four-year universities. Then they attend an accredited podiatric medical school for four years. The podiatric medical school education is similar to most medical schools. The student takes the same basic science courses but there is an emphasis on foot and ankle medicine including biomechanics and surgery. Upon graduation national board examinations are required followed by state licensing. A one to four year residency is completed which renders a physician competent in all areas of care of the foot and ankle.