A podiatrist, or podiatric physician, prevents, diagnoses and treats conditions associated with the foot and ankle.
A doctor of podiatric medicine must complete four years of undergraduate work, followed by four years in an accredited podiatric medical school, and a hospital-based residency.
Learn about the doctor of podiatric medicine program at Des Moines University.
In addition to private practice, podiatrists serve on the staffs of hospitals and long-term care facilities, as commissioned officers in the Armed Forces and the U.S. Public Health Service and municipal health departments.
As a podiatric physician, you can have a healthy work/life balance. D.P.M.s work an average of 35-42 hours a week.
Podiatric physicians specialize in surgery, pediatrics, sports medicine, biomechanics, primary foot care and trauma.
Nearly all private and public health insurance plans include coverage for podiatric medicine.
The need for podiatric physicians is on the rise because foot and ankle disorders are among the most widespread and neglected health problems.
Interested in learning more about podiatry? Check out the American Podiatric Medical Association.