Podiatrist

Specializations

  • Orthopedic Podiatrist – treats bone, muscle and joint ailments.
  • Podopediatrician – specializes in foot diseases in children.
  • Podiatric Surgeon – performs foot surgeries.

Work Activities/Work Locations

  • Podiatrists, or doctors of podiatric medicine (DPM), diagnose and treat ailments, injuries, and diseases of the foot and the lower leg.
  • 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 to correct skeletal deformities and improve mobility.
  • Podiatrists consult with patient’s physicians as well as refer patients to specialists for diagnostic and treatment of symptoms related to the foot disorder or disease.
  • Podiatrists work in a variety of healthcare settings including working in their private offices, hospitals, clinics, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), public health agencies, and nursing homes.

Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Podiatrists say their work is interesting because they deal with many different medical problems.
  • They enjoy helping people and teaching them about proper foot care.
  • Those who are self-employed enjoy the independence this gives them.
  • They dislike the time and energy spent on completing paperwork for insurance companies.

 

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