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Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

Position Summary:

  • Assess the condition of a patient’s feet, ankles, or lower legs by reviewing his or her medical history, listening to the patient’s concerns, and performing a physical examination. Diagnose foot, ankle, and lower-leg problems through physical exams, x rays, medical laboratory tests, and other methods. Provide treatment for foot, ankle, and lower leg ailments, such as prescribing special shoe inserts (orthotics) to improve a patient’s mobility. Perform foot and ankle surgeries, such as removing bone spurs and correcting foot and ankle deformities. Give advice and instruction on foot and ankle care and on general wellness techniques. Prescribe medications. Refer patients to other physicians or specialists if they detect larger health problems, such as diabetes.

Education and Training:

  • Podiatrists must have a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree from an accredited college of podiatric medicine. 

Important Qualities:

Compassion, Critical-thinking skills. Podiatrists must have a sharp, analytical mind to correctly diagnose a patient and determine the best course of treatment, Detail oriented, Interpersonal skills.

 

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