Let’s talk about Podiatric Medicine, the study of the foot and ankle.
Podiatrists are some of the most hardworking, dedicated and amicable group of professionals that devote their lives to restoring proper health to the lower extremities. Podiatrists are capable of so much: they treat conditions of the skin, nails, muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, nerves, etc. In a world where we are constantly in motion, we rely heavily on our feet to get us to our destination. For many of us, we have the ability to walk, run, and jump without questioning our limitations. However, there are hundreds of people that cannot perform these actions. These individuals suffer from continuous pain and even immobility; they face harsh daily struggles that most of us cannot even begin to imagine.
Foot health is a very serious matter. In addition to taking care of your feet, you should also consider podiatric medicine as a legitimate medical profession you can step into; it certainly changed our lives, and I know it could do the same for you!
Learn Podiatry. Practice Podiatry. Live Podiatry.
2. Foot & Ankle Specialists
In the U.S., the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, or D.P.M. is a four-year doctorate degree followed by three years of residency training. A 1-year fellowship is optional. You must apply and be accepted by one of the 9 schools in order to become a foot and ankle surgeon. There are several schools across the country, it is up to you to find which one fits best for you.
In podiatric medicine, you work on a patient’s foot, so there is no obstruction of face-to-face communication. You get to connect with your patient by understanding their occupation, getting a glimpse of their lifestyle, and hearing about their hobbies in order to restore them to a full, healthy life.
There is so much variety! Surgery, biomechanics, and patients of all ages- you really get a scene of diversity in this field. There is nothing quite like this profession! It’s a unique and fulfilling lifestyle, with rewarding one-on-one patient experiences.
3. The 9 Schools
- Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine at Midwestern University
- Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine
- California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University
- College of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery at Des Moines University
- New York College of Podiatric Medicine
- Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine
- Western University of Health Sciences – College of Podiatric Medicine
- Dr. William M. School College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franking University of Medicine and Science
- Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine
4. The Education
5. Steps to Apply
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