A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), a physician and surgeon who treats the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg.

Feet are complex anatomical structures, all-in-one stabilizers, shock absorbers, and propulsion engines that are critical to overall health and wellness. They require expert care. Be sure to see the health care professional most qualified to treat your feet by looking for the letters “DPM” after their name. The DPM means that a physician has completed years of rigorous foot and ankle training in podiatric medical school and hospital residency training, making them uniquely qualified to care for this part of the body. Find an APMA member podiatrist near you.

Podiatrists complete four years of podiatric medical school training and three years of hospital residency training. His training is similar to that of other doctors. Podiatrists may go on to complete fellowship training after their residency.

Podiatrists can focus on many fields, including surgery, sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care.

According to the American Association of Podiatric Medical Schools, a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) is a medical specialist who diagnoses and treats conditions that affect the foot, ankle, and leg structures. [5] The US Pediatric Medical School curriculum includes Lower Extremity Anatomy, Human General Anatomy, Physiology, General Medicine, Physical Assessment, Biochemistry, Neurobiology, Pathophysiology, Genetics and Embryology, Microbiology, Histology, Pharmacology, Women’s Health, physical rehabilitation, sports medicine, research, ethics and jurisprudence, biomechanics, general principles of orthopedic surgery, and foot and ankle surgery.

US-trained podiatrists rotate through the major areas of medicine during residency, including emergency medicine, orthopedic surgery, general surgery, anesthesia, radiology, pathology, infectious diseases, endocrinology, sports medicine, physical therapy, biomechanics, geriatrics, internal medicine, critical care, cardiology, vascular surgery, psychiatric and behavioral health, neurology, pediatrics, dermatology, pain management, wound care, and primary care.

Podiatrists can become board certified with advanced training, clinical experience, and eventually taking an exam. The American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine are the certifying boards for the field.