Podiatric-Medical Issues

Podiatrists are doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of issues that affect feet, ankles, and lower legs. Doctors of podiatric medicine begin their education with a four year undergraduate degree, followed by four years of graduate education at one of nine podiatric medical colleges and up to four years of hospital-based residency training. Podiatric physicians and surgeons receive a DPM degree.

The podiatric medical school curriculum includes lower extremity anatomy, general human anatomy, physiology, general medicine, physical assessment, biochemistry, neurobiology, pathophysiology, genetics and embryology, microbiology, histology, pharmacology, women's health, physical rehabilitation, sports medicine, research, ethics and jurisprudence, biomechanics, general principles of orthopedic surgery, and foot and ankle surgery.

The following list includes specific issues podiatrists treat: