What is a podiatrist?
By Dr. Steven Miller
September 17, 2018
Category: Podiatry

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The adjacent screenshot highlights misconceptions about podiatrists. (We don't take such search suggestions personally. There are more bizarre search suggestions for other professionals. Try "dentists are" and "lawyers are".)

A podiatrist is a physician and surgeon who treats the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg.

Podiatrists must complete four years of podiatric medical school to become a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM).  Like other medical doctors, most of the third and four years are spent training in hospitals and clinics.

Most states require post-graduate training. Current graduates have three years of residency training, similar to that of other physicians. Finally, podiatrists can earn board certification after further clinical experience and examination.

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