Podiatrist About

Podiatrists are medical specialists who diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses relating to the feet, ankles, and lower legs. After consulting with a patient, a podiatrist will apply therapeutic treatment, prescribe orthotics, or conduct surgeries on the ankle or feet.

To ensure success as a podiatrist, you should have extensive experience with podiatric medicine, excellent diagnostic skills, and advanced knowledge of modern surgical treatments. A skilled Podiatrist accurately diagnoses illnesses or injuries and provides patients with the best treatment for their condition.

Career Roles & Responsibilities
  • Examine patients’ legs to diagnose diseases
  • Perform foot and ankle surgeries (for example, removing bone spurs)
  • Treat sport-related foot and leg injuries, like fractures
  • Use various podiatric techniques (like casting and laser therapy) to treat deformities and ailments
  • Prescribe joint pain relief medication and foot orthoses that improve mobility
  • Review patients’ medical history
  • Advise patients on foot care and general wellness practices
  • Order additional medical tests (like X-rays, ultrasounds and bone density tests) to form a better diagnosis if necessary
Career Education Path Summary

Education Required

Podiatrists must have a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree from an accredited college of podiatric medicine. A DPM degree program takes 4 years to complete. In 2017, there were 9 colleges of podiatric medicine accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education.

Training Required

After earning a DPM, podiatrists must apply to and complete a 3-year podiatric medicine and surgery residency (PMSR) program. Residency programs take place in hospitals and provide both medical and surgical experience.

Job Outlook

The projected percent change in employment from 2016 to 2026: 10% (Faster than average)
(The average growth rate for all occupations is 7 percent.)


Podiatrists in every state must be licensed. Podiatrists must pay a fee and pass all parts of the American Podiatric Medical Licensing Exam (APMLE), offered by the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners. Some states also require podiatrists to take a state-specific exam.

The course subjects will vary based on the institution but, some of the basic subjects involved are:

? Introduction to Podiatry Medicine


? Research Methodology

? Neuroanatomy and Gross Anatomy


? Medical Microbiology

? General and Podiatric Radiology

? Physical Diagnosis

? Surgical Principles

? Applied Orthopedics


? Applied Lower Extremity Anatomy

? Biomechanics of the Foot

Internal Medicine

? Pharmacology

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Job Profile

Average Salary


Rs. 11-21 lakhs p.a. (Approx.)


Rs. 7-11 lakhs p.a. (Approx.)


Rs. 5-8 lakhs p.a. (Approx.)

Podiatric Physician

Rs. 3-5 lakhs p.a. (Approx.)


Rs. 12-19 lakhs p.a. (Approx.)

Career Pros Details

1. The other doctor/s in my practice are great. I respect them both personally and professionally.
2. My days are relatively stress free. I rarely take any sort of weekend call/work and I am home most days around 5:30pm. I have no issues getting time off thus far. This leaves ample time for family and friends.
3. I am serving a community I grew up in. It is rewarding.

Career Cons Details

1. The pay. Someone else is making a lot of money off of my hard work. It is not me. With my salary and the area I live in the house hunting process I underwent in the past year was absolutely miserable. I was almost embarrassed to turn in my salary to my lender while getting a physician loan. Having to lower my expectations when I am already not particularly materialistic was disappointing.
2. this is sort of a personal preference thing but I was trained at a large hospital where I was making a difference in peoples lives daily. I was helping to fix them on their worst days. Now, I am listening to complaints of fungal nails and mild heel pain. We have an ok mix of patients at this clinic and I know thats just part of Podiatry but I do wish I had more of the bigger issues sometimes.
3. My autonomy comes with caveats. I have to funnel things through the surgery center where I am highly discouraged from doing anything over a certain price with fixation etc. I can only use the in office products the owner deems acceptable/has deals on/etc.
4. We have no standing at the hospital system. The employed Pods at the hospital are wound care only and so by default they think we are too.
5. It could not be more of a pain in the butt to operate at our surgery center with how many corners are cut. Being in a small PP, this is how most things are.

  • Experience as a Podiatrist
  • Excellent knowledge of therapeutic and surgical treatments for the lower extremities
  • Familiar with all types of foot problems including genetic abnormalities and deformities
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate well both with children and the elderly
  • Empathy and patience when dealing with serious diseases
  • Up-to-date with latest technologies and treatments in Podiatry
  • Doctoral degree in Podiatric Medicine
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