Podiatrist, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), is the only health care
professional whose total training focuses on the foot, ankle and related body
After obtaining an undergraduate degree, the podiatric doctor spends four
years in a college of podiatric medicine to obtain a doctorate degree. Many
podiatrists further their education by participating in a post-graduate
residency program at an approved hospital or university.
Following their doctorate degree, each podiatrist must pass national and
state examinations in order to be licensed by the state in which he or she
The podiatric physician cares for people of all ages. Common disorders of
feet include bunions, heel pain/spurs, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown
toenails, warts, corns, calluses, sprains, fractures, infections, and
If your podiatric surgeon is certified by the American Board of Podiatric
Surgery, he or she has successfully completed a credentialing and
examination process and has demonstrated knowledge of podiatric surgery.
This includes the diagnosis of general medical problems and surgical
management of foot diseases, deformities, and trauma of the foot, ankle and