A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), is the only health care professional whose training focuses on foot and ankle pathology along with related body systems. After obtaining an undergraduate degree, a doctor of podiatric medicine spends four years in a college of podiatric medicine to obtain a doctorate degree. Once they graduate, Podiatrists further their education by participating in a post-graduate surgical residency programs at an approved hospital or university. This can also tend to be followed by fellowship training where once can specialize further. Following their doctorate degree, each podiatrist must pass national and state examinations in order to be licensed by the state in which he or she will practice.
The podiatric physician cares for people of all ages. If your podiatric surgeon is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, he or she has successfully completed a credentialing and examination process and has demonstrated knowledge of podiatric surgery. This includes the diagnosis of general medical problems and the surgical management of all foot ailements, deformities, and trauma of the foot, ankle and related structures.