Career Description

Podiatrists are doctors who specialize in treatment of the feet and ankles. They work with patients to prevent injuries and diagnose and heal existing injuries. Podiatry involves taking x-rays, setting fractures and treating other injuries, as well as prescribing physical therapy and medication.

Academic Requirements

Podiatrists have earned Doctorates in Podiatric Medicine (DPMs). Entry into 4-year DPM programs typically requires a bachelor’s degree with a pre-med or science major, like biology, chemistry or a related field, and acceptable scores on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). After graduating from one of these programs, podiatrists enter 2- to 4-year residencies before beginning practice.