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Mandatory Education for Podiatrists

Tuesday, 20 June 2023 00:00

Many people who have foot pain often hope to find relief and seek medical advice from a podiatrist. These are physicians who specialize in treating disorders of the feet and ankles and can provide a diagnosis for existing foot pain. The mandatory education to become a podiatrist begins with obtaining a bachelor's degree, followed by enrolling in a podiatry medical school. This will take four years to complete, and a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, or DPM, degree will be earned. During the last two years, some of the topics that are covered can include biomechanics, sports medicine, and podiatric pathology. Once the medical school is completed, a residency program can begin and can last between 24 and 36 months. Podiatrists have options such as practicing in a private or group practice or a hospital setting, or may choose sports podiatry. If you are interested in pursuing a career in podiatry, it is suggested that you speak with this type of doctor who can answer any questions you may have.

If you are dealing with pain in your feet and ankles, you may want to seek help from a podiatrist. Feel free to contact Dr. Thomas Madden from Advanced Foot Care Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine who diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Your podiatrist may specialize in a certain field such as sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care. Podiatrists have the ability to become board certified through training, clinical experience, and then taking an exam.

What Do Podiatrists Do?

On a daily basis, a podiatrist may perform the following activities:

  • Diagnose foot ailments such as ulcers, tumors, fractures, etc.
  • Use innovative methods to treat conditions
  • Use corrective orthotics, casts, and strappings to correct deformities
  • Correct walking patterns and balance
  • Provide individual consultations to patients

It is very important that you take care of your feet. It’s easy to take having healthy feet for granted, however foot problems tend to be among the most common health conditions. Podiatrists can help diagnose and treat a variety of feet related conditions, so it is crucial that you visit one if you need assistance.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Killeen, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.


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