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How to Become a Podiatrist

Tuesday, 31 October 2023 00:00

Podiatrists, also known as Doctors of Podiatric Medicine, or DPM, are foot specialists who diagnose and treat issues related to the feet, ankles, and lower leg. Becoming a podiatrist involves rigorous training, which includes four years of education at a podiatric medical school. Aspiring podiatrists then gain practical experience through a three-year residency in hospitals and clinics. They also must pass exams to receive certification from the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. Some podiatrists choose to specialize further by pursuing fellowship training to become specialists in their field. Podiatric surgeons, a subset of podiatrists, are required to earn certification from the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, which enables them to perform foot surgeries. To practice legally, podiatrists must obtain and renew state licenses and stay updated with annual seminars to maintain their expertise. To find out more about joining this medical field, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

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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