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Podiatrists, or doctors of podiatric medicine (DPM), diagnose and treat ailments, injuries, and diseases of the foot and lower leg.

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Orthopedic Podiatrist treats bone, muscle and joint ailments.

Podopediatrician specializes in foot diseases in children.

Podiatric Surgeon performs foot surgeries.

Work Activities/Environment
Podiatrists work in a variety of health care settings including working in their private offices, hospitals, clinics, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), public health agencies, and nursing homes. They are trained to understand problems of the human foot, perform diagnostic tests, and administer treatment for foot injuries, abnormalities and disorders or diseases. They may perform surgery, give medications, and may fit artificial foot devices (prosthetics) or corrective support devices (orthotics) to the foot and lower leg. Podiatrists consult with patient's physician as well as refer patients to specialists for diagnosis and treatment of symptoms related to the foot disorder or disease. Podiatrists usually can set their own hours and they may also work evenings and weekends. They are often assisted by a podiatric assistant.

Academic/Special Requirements
High school students should study the sciences including biology, chemistry and related health courses. Students should complete a bachelor's degree and must have completed the required semester hours in biology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and English. Students then may apply to an accredited college of podiatric medicine and must submit a grade point average (GPA) and scores from their MCAT (medical college admission test). The 4-year program includes classroom instruction in anatomy, chemistry, pathology and pharmacology as well as clinical rotations in hospitals and clinics. Graduates receive a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree and go on to complete a 1-3 year residency depending upon specialization. Graduates must also complete required training and pass a written and oral exam to receive a license.

Educational Institutions
Wisconsin does not offer a School of Podiatric Medicine.

Pre-Professional Programs
Marquette University
Ripon College
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin - Parkside
University of Wisconsin - Platteville

Hospitals with Associated Educational Programs
Gunderson Medical Foundation (Postgraduate)

Average $111,520

Professional Organizations
American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
15850 Crabbs Branch Way, Suite 320
Rockville, MD, 200855

American Podiatric Medical Association
9312 Old Georgetown Rd.
Bethesda, MD, 20814-1621
301/571-9200 or or 301/581-9200 or 800/275-2762 (800/ASK-APMA)

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