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Career Overview:

  • A Podiatrist is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), and is trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg.
  • When treating patients, this system is also known as the lower extremity.
  • A DPM is a specialist in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of lower extremity disorders, diseases and injuries. A podiatric physician works independently, utilizes x-rays and laboratory tests for diagnostic purposes, prescribes medications, orders physical therapy, sets fractures, and performs surgery. As part of a healthcare team, the DPM works closely with other health professionals to treat and control disease.
  • Podiatric physicians can specialize in a variety of areas such as surgery, orthopedics, or public health.
  • Podiatrists may practice a subspecialty such as sports medicine, pediatrics, dermatology, radiology, geriatrics, or diabetic foot care. Podiatric physicians are the only doctors to receive specialized medical and surgical training, and board certification in the care of the lower extremity.

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