FAQs / Q: What is a podiatrist?

A: A podiatrist is a doctor who specializes in foot and ankle care.  Most have had 11 years of education and training after high school, which is comprised of the following: after completing undergraduate college, we then attend 4 years of podiatric medical school, after which we receive a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM) degree.  Following this, we enter what is called residency training.  Podiatric medicine and surgery residency programs typically consist of 3 years of hospital training and include rotations in the various medical specialties (such as internal medicine, emergency room medicine, anesthesiology, rheumatology, general surgery, radiology, psychology, infectious disease, etc.) with the majority of time spent in rotations focused on the medical and surgical treatment of foot and ankle problems.  In Michigan, podiatrists may perform surgery on any part of the foot and ankle.  In addition, as lower extremity specialists, we may be the first to diagnose a wide variety of medical conditions, including gout, vascular/circulation problems (which may include peripheral arterial disease or PAD), nerve problems/peripheral neuropathy, and blood clots/deep vein thrombosis (or DVT.)

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