A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), also known as a podiatric physician and surgeon. Podiatrists diagnose and treat conditions of the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg.
Podiatrists are the most qualified physicians to care for your feet. After completing four years of undergraduate studies, they complete four years of training in a podiatric medical school and on average, two to three years of hospital residency training. This training is similar to that of other physicians.
Podiatrist can specialize in many fields, including surgery, sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics and diabetic foot care.
Podiatrist can earn board certification with advanced training, clinical experience and by ultimately taking an exam. The American Board of Podiatric Medicine and the American Board of Podiatric Surgery are the certifying boards for podiatry.
Learn More About Your Feet and Ankles
Inspecting your feet everyday will help you identify potential problems. If you are unable to inspect the bottom of your feet, have someone else look for you. If you live alone, use a mirror with a long handle to visualize your feet.
In addition, managing your blood glucose will aid in the health of your feet. Following the treatment plan your primary care provider or endocrinologist has ordered for you is essential.document.write (“Monitoring your blood glucose and tracking your A1C level will assist you in the management of your diabetes. Eat healthy, exercise as prescribed, keep your scheduled appointments with your primary care physician, have your eyes examined yearly and remember to see your podiatrist every two months.
By Ellen Daly, MS, ARNP, ANP-BC
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