A podiatrist, or DPM (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine), is a physician educated and trained to treat injuries and issues concerning your feet, ankles, and areas of the lower leg.

To become a Podiatrist, one must successfully complete 4 years of medical school as well as 3 years of a residency to gain real-world experience working in a hospital. Once those requirements are completed, some choose to gain further certifications from the ABPM (American Board of Podiatric Medicine) in areas such as foot and ankle surgery.

Podiatrists can prescribe medication, request lab tests or X-rays, reset broken bones, and perform surgery. They also help alleviate or eliminate pain and discomfort due to conditions such as bunions, arthritis, heel pain, ingrown toenails, corns, calluses, fungal nails, hammertoes, flat feet, plantar warts, or athlete’s foot, just to name a few. They can also prescribe inserts, orthotics, and footwear, and can teach you stretches or exercises to strengthen your feet and ankles.

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