What is a Podiatrist?

What is a Podiatrist? And, how do these medical professionals differ from general practitioners or MDs? Well, podiatrists are specialists in feet and ankle conditions and issues.

Put another way, a podiatrist is a medical professional who diagnoses and also treats the feet, the ankles, as well as related areas, such as the heels.

What is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is educated in a different way than an internist or a general practitioner.  Most often, a podiatrist will complete a pre-medical program and receive a degree, generally in four years. Then, after graduating, after earning a degree in pre-medicine, will take the MCAT or the Medical College Admission Test. After passing the MCAT, more education is received in a four-year doctoral program. Once completed, the individual earns an advanced medical degree known as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine.

Thereafter, the individual enters into a residency program, which usually lasts three years. Some will go on to then pursue more training in a fellowship program or go straight to the licensing process.

Individual educated, trained, and practiced in podiatry and are recipients of a DPM will then need to pass any state-mandated licensing examinations.

What does a Podiatrist Do?

Since a podiatrist is a specialist, these individuals diagnose and treat conditions such as foot and ankle sprains, ingrown toenails, bunions, calluses, corns, heel spurs, and more.

Basically, if problems have to do with the feet, ankles, heels, and related areas, a podiatrist will be the right