Practitioners of podiatric medicine focus on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of foot disorders resulting from injury or disease. They also aid other health professionals in the diagnosis and management of systemic diseases and disorders that produce symptoms that manifest in the foot.

Following the completion of their Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D. P. M.) degree, podiatrists complete a 36-month podiatric medicine residency, which includes a combination of medical and surgical training.

Many podiatrists ultimately focus their practice on a particular area of podiatric medicine, such as surgery, sports medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, orthopedics, etc., but others practice more generally.

You can learn more about this health profession at the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) and ExploreHealthCareers.org