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Education Requirements for Podiatry

Tuesday, 28 March 2023 00:00

The field of podiatry has become popular in recent years. Research has shown people are living longer, and elderly patients often have foot conditions that need to be tended to. A podiatrist is a medical professional that treats a wide variety of foot and ankle ailments, ranging from hammertoe to broken ankles. Additional responsibilities can include performing foot and ankle surgery, prescribing medications, and attending conferences to keep informed of the latest podiatric advances. The mandatory education requirements begin with obtaining a bachelor's degree, followed by enrolling in a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine program for four years and earning a DPM degree. The last step is to begin a residency program where medical and surgical experience is gained at a hospital. In addition to these educational needs, it is beneficial for future podiatrists to have compassion, interpersonal skills, and be detail-oriented. Podiatry can be a gratifying field of medicine, and if you are considering this as a career option, it is suggested that you confer with this type of doctor who can help you to determine if this is right for you.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact one of our podiatrists from The Podiatry Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Richmond and Glen Allen, VA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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