A podiatrist is a specialized doctor who diagnoses and treats diseases and conditions of the foot, ankle and leg. In other words, a podiatrist is a "foot doctor." In this category you can ask questions about this profession including the education required to become a podiatrist and average salary.

449 Questions

Do humans really need to wear shoes?

Turns out we don’t! Well, other than to protect from potentially harmful debris or hazardous weather conditions, that is.

Our feet don’t need a soft cushion between us and the ground, and when our shoes provide that barrier, we tend to walk harder, negating a lot of that softening effect in a primal effort to feel the ground beneath us. Barefoot, your natural stride is a bit shorter, meaning instead of the edge of your heel hitting the pavement first, the impact moves closer to the middle of your foot, softening the blow. And within their rubber and fabric prisons, your feet can’t be as flexible, meaning you’re missing out on a powerful push off from your toes with each step. As proof of this, researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand found that humans had healthier feet before the invention of shoes.

As a personal anecdote, I actually went to college with a guy who walked around campus barefoot all the time. I remember seeing him around once after it had rained—the sidewalk was all wet and kind of gritty, and his bare feet were getting all of that up close and personal. Gross! But I guess he was on to something after all.

Job Training and Career Qualifications

How much does it cost to become a doctor?

It depends on the school you choose to go to. Including the first 4 years of college and then medical school with no scholarships or grants it can range from $150,000 to $250,000 and even $300,000. You better work hard because a lot is at stake.

It also depend upon your ability, might be you take 5 years, if you not succeed in 4 years program.


How long does it take to become a podiatrist?

After 4 years of undergraduate study (though some podiatry schools have joint programs with local universities that allow you to attend podiatry school after 3 years of undergrad), you will need to attend an accredited School of Podiatric Medicine for 4 years, pass board examinations to receive your license and become a D.P.M, and then attend a residency program. It is about to be mandated that all residency programs become 3 year programs, with varying intensities of surgery, depending on the program. So, on average, it will take you about 11 years to become a full-fledge podiatrist, whether you are specializing in podiatric surgery or routine foot care in the U.S. This is actually the quicker route to foot and ankle surgery, as orthopedic surgeons with M.D.s or D.O.s have to do a residency in general surgery before specializing in the foot and ankle (as a result, not as many orthos opt to specialize in the foot and ankle).


How much money does a podiatrist earn in the US?

The median annual earnings of salaried podiatrists were $94,870 in 2002, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The middle 50 percent earned between $62,500 and $139,230 a year.

According to a survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association, median net income for all podiatrists was $134,415 in 2001.

According to a survey by Podiatric Magazine, median net income was $114,200 in 2003.

seems a bit off....

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What does PA following a legal firm's name mean?

After a firms name, PA means professional association.

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What is the abbreviation for dentist?

DDS or DMD The DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) are the same degrees. Most dental schools award the DDS degree; however, some award a DMD degree. The education, the degree requirements, and the rights and responsibilities of the recipients are the same.

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Can you use podiatrist in a sentence?

A podiatrist has to undergo a lengthy process to become qualified.


What is a chiropodist?

A chiropodist is the English equivalent of a podiatrist - a practitioner who specializes in the care of the foot.


Is a podiatrist a real doctor?

Yes, Podiatrists are real doctors, but not exactly the same as some other medical specialties. Instead of getting an MD or DO degree (the two types of fully licensed physicians recognized in the US), they have a DPM (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) degree. Like dentists, podiatrists are incredibly important to a person's health and they are important to the healthcare team. They specialize in treating ailments of the feet and performing foot and ankle surgery. Despite this specialization, Podiatrists have knowledge about the whole body as their training parallels that of most medical students..

The first two years of Podiatry school consists of regular medical school courses but the last two years are spent studying the lower extremities, Podiatrists have to complete a two to three year residency following graduation. Some Podiatrists complete fellowships (further training) for further specialization. In total, over 10 years are spent training to become a Podiatrist. So they are doctors, but with tons of knowledge but a slightly limited scope of practice (to the feet and lower extremity) like a dentist is a doctor but for the mouth. Podiatrists are actually trained more comprehensively than dentists.


Is a podiatrist a medical doctor?

A podiatrist is a doctor with medical school preparation in diagnosing and treating the foot, ankle, and lower leg. Within the field of podiatry, practitioners can focus on many different specialty areas, including surgery, sports medicine, biomechanics, geriatrics, pediatrics, orthopedics, or primary care.

The only difference between a DPM and MD/DO is the title and residency training. Other than that everything is the same as far as school.

If you want to look at it from a title prospective then the answer to your question is a no. Podiatrist is a doctor of the foot and ankle (DPM) and not a general doctor (M.D/DO), BUT THEY ARE A MEDICAL DOCTORS OF THE FOOT AND ANKLE

Podiatric training is a 4 years of undergraduate

4 years of medical school (studying pathology,pharm....etc as any other medical school in the nation with an extensive training in foot and ankle during the last 2 years of medical school)

3 years of surgical residency in the foot and ankle.

There are 3 APMLE (American Podiatric Medical License Examination) tests [which are similar to the 3 USMLE (United States Medical License Examination) tests for M.Ds] that the podiatrist must take in order to practice podiatry in the U.S.


How much schooling is required to become a podiatrist?

Podiatrists specialize in medical care of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. They must have a doctor of podiatric medicine (D.P.M.) degree from a college of podiatric medicine. Podiatrists are sometimes referred to as foot doctors, foot and ankle surgeons, or podiatric surgeons. They must pass written and oral board examinations and must obtain a state license to practice podiatric medicine.Admission to a college of podiatric medicine requires completion of at least 90 semester hours of undergraduate study, an acceptable grade point average, and acceptable scores on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Required courses include biology, chemistry (inorganic and organic), and physics. Prospective students are also evaluated on the basis of letters of recommendation, interviews, and extracurricular activities.Colleges of podiatric medicine offer 4-year programs similar to other medical schools. During the first 2 years, students take courses in anatomy, chemistry, pathology, and pharmacology. Third- and fourth-year students perform clinical rotations in private practices, hospitals, and clinics. During clinical rotations students take patient histories, perform physical examinations, interpret diagnostic tests, make diagnoses, and provide treatment. Graduates receive a doctor of podiatric medicine (D.P.M.) degree.Each state has its own licensing requirements, and many grant reciprocity to podiatrists licensed in other states. In most cases, an applicant must be a graduate of an accredited college of podiatric medicine and must pass written and oral examinations.Board certification in podiatry requires advanced training, written and oral examinations, and practice experience. Podiatrists may be board-certified in orthopedics, primary medicine, or surgery. Certification by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery requires graduation form podiatric medical school; completion of an approved podiatric surgical residency; practice experience, including surgical case submissions; and written and oral examinations

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How much do LA weight loss consultants make?

not as much as lipo-suckers and plastic surgeons, but right about up there if u have charisma and know which shoulders to rub. Ball park, between $100,000 and $1,000,000 a year.


What is the difference between a podiatrist and an orthopedic surgeon?

Podiatry is a really a subset of Orthopedics and deals with the diagnosis and treatment including surgery of the foot, ankle and lower leg. There are some differences and many similarities. Some may have misinformed conclusions of what a podiatrist can and cannot do without being educated properly. Orthopedic Surgeons complete either 4 years of allopathic or osteopathic medical school. This is followed by a general internship of 1 year and then 5 years of residency training in general orthopedics which includes treating hips, knees, shoulders, etc. This does also include treating feet and ankles but is not focused on this area. Many orthopedic surgeons complete 5 years of training without performing certain foot/ankle surgeries at all. Those orthopedic surgeons who want to further their training to focus on the foot/ankle complete a 1 year fellowship in foot and ankle surgery. A fellowship is typically needed because certain conditions and complex surgeries of the foot/ankle require further training. Podiatrists or now commonly referred to as Podiatric Surgeons, complete 4 years of Podiatric medical school in which they complete the same courses as their allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) collegues (often sitting in the same classrooms in some schools). The 3rd and 4th year instead of studying courses addressing psychiatry or OBY/GYN, podiatric medical students study courses such as lower extremity diseases and biomechanics of the foot/ankle and lower leg. The main difference is that podiatrists specialize from the beginning of their training. Graduates obtain a DPM degree (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine). This difference in degree depends really on the school the medical professional graduated from. There are orthopedic surgeons who have a DO degree instead of an MD degree. Allopathic graduates obtain a MD degree (Medical Doctor) and osteopathic graduates obtain a DO degree (Doctor of Osteopathic). Podiatric Surgeons complete a 3 year hospital based residency which includes training in all aspects of foot and ankle surgery. Rotations for Podiatry Residents include the typical rotations such as General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Orthopedics, Internal Medicine, Dermatology and of course Podiatry and Foot/Ankle surgery. There are some that choose to complete a 1 year fellowship to further subspecialize focusing more on diabetic limb salvage or sports medicine of the foot/ankle. Podiatrists prescribe medication, admit patients in the hospital typically with internal medicine management, and perform surgery in the hospital setting or outpatient surgical setting. Not all Podiatrists choose to perform all types of foot/ankle surgery just as not all Orthopedic Surgeons choose to perform back surgery vs knee surgery for example. There are some older podiatrists who do not perform surgery at all as there are orthopedic surgeons who choose to be nonsurgical. The bottom line is that Podiatric Surgeons and those Orthopedic Surgeons who completed a foot/ankle fellowship can equally treat diagnose and perform surgery of the foot and ankle. In many areas there is a collaboration between podiaric surgeons and orthopedic foot/ankle surgeons. This is evident in the medical journal "Foot & Ankle Specialist" where both specialists share and promote foot/ankle care. The key is as with any physician, choose who you go to based upon their reputation and referrals and not simply because one is different from the other.


What is a podiatrist?

Foot doctor!


What would the educational path toward becoming a podiatrist be?

Prospective podiatrists must earn a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM) degree from an accredited podiatry school. There are only six accredited programs in America. Students can apply to podiatry schools after completing at least 90 credit hours of undergraduate study and taking the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Podiatric schools offer a 4-year program with core courses like those in other medical schools. During the first 2 years, students study basic sciences, like anatomy, chemistry, pathology, and pharmacology. Third- and 4th-year students do clinical rotations in private practices, hospitals, and clinics. Rotations give students hands-on experience in taking medical histories, assisting with examinations and treatments, and observing and assisting with surgery. Podiatry school graduates continue their training in hospital residencies that last 1-3 years. In order to practice in most states, podiatrists must be licensed by the state's Board of Medicine. To qualify, candidates must graduate from an accredited podiatry school and pass the National Board of Podiatric Examiner's examination.


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What does PA mean after a doctors name?

It's a legal term to describe a separate legal entity - Professional Association. It's a form of incorporating a group of professionals, such as physicians, or dentists, or attorneys, or accountants to allow the individuals protection from lawsuits.

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What does a podiatrist do?

Podiatrist or chiropodist is a branch of medicine devoted to the study of, diagnosis, and medical treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle, leg, and lower back. The term podiatry came into use in the early 20th century in the United States.

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How can you sue the VA hospital admin?

If you are a veteran you can sue the VA for medical malpractice, but to do so, you need to speak to a lawyer that specializes in that type of litigation (suing someone). There is a time limit as to how long you have before it's too late to file, so you shouldn't wait very long to see a lawyer.

Law firms will talk with you concerning this matter and not charge you for the interview. If you ARE a veteran, then by law the lawyer cannot charge you more than 20% of the award --plus expenses-- if it does not go to trial, but if you HAVE to go to trial, then the lawyer can only receive 25% of what is awarded, plus expenses... Your spouse can also file against the VA with you, but I'm not sure the 20/25% applies to her, or not...

Usually law firms will not charge you anything if you lose the case.

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What do you call the feet of a raptor?

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tiercel is the feet

'Tiercel' is not the feet!

A tiercel is the name given by falconers to a male bird - because it is about a third smaller than the female.


What do you call someone who works with feet?

Too be honest im a person that likes to do this and I know it from the back of my hand so here is the answer: Podiatrist


What is the difference between chiropodist and podiatrist?

Nothing! There is no difference between a chiropodist and a podiatrist. The term chiropodist has been traditionally used in the UK, but the term podiatrist is recognised and used more internationally. Chiropodists in the UK are being referred to as podiatrists more and more and many people in the profession refer to themselves as both.


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