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What is a Podiatrist?

Podiatrists specialize in diagnosing and treating disorders of the foot, ankle, and lower leg.

Podiatrists have expertise in orthopedics, radiography, sports medicine, dermatology, and surgery. Some conditions that podiatrists treat are ankle injuries, bunions, calluses, neuromas, running injuries, and toe deformities. They are often the first health professionals to diagnose vascular problems that have previously gone unrecognized. Podiatrists also contribute significantly to the areas of diabetic foot care, arthritic foot care, and wound healing.

After obtaining a college degree and getting accepted into one of seven podiatric medical colleges, students of podiatry go to podiatric medical colleges for a period of four years. A podiatrist will complete most of the same courses as medical doctors during the first two years of training, after which they must pass part one of the national licensing boards.

Two additional years of specialized training in the lower extremities follow, including hospital rotations with extra course work in biomechanics, anatomy, surgery, dermatology, orthopedics, radiology, and medicine. Following this training, a student must pass part two of the national boards before becoming licensed to practice.

Since the year 2000, most recent graduates of podiatric medical colleges have an additional one to four year years of residency training working alongside medical doctors at hospitals throughout the country.

Podiatry has evolved from a humble beginning into a group of highly trained professionals and podiatrists are recognized by other members of the medical community as the specialists to see for diagnosing and treating ailments related to the foot and ankle.

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Massard Foot & Ankle Clinic
321 Railroad Avenue
Bartlett, IL 60103
Tel: 630.213.3830
Fax: 630.213.3895