A podiatrist, also called a doctor podiatric medicine, is a medical specialist who provides diagnoses and treatments,both surgical and non surgical, of the foot and ankle. Some of the common problems treated are; bunions, heel pain, spurs, neuromas, ingrown toenails, hammertoes, warts, corns and calluses. A podiatrist also treats foot and ankle injuries such as sprains and fractures. Podiatrist attend undergraduate medical school training, and also attend graduate school where they receive a doctorate degree in podiatry. Podiatrist are required to take state and national exams as well as be licensed by the state in which they practice.
According to the American podiatric medical Association, there are an estimated 15,000 podiatrist
practicing in the United States. The demand for podiatrists is greatly increasing because of the rapidly aging population. The association believes that foot disorders are among the most widespread and neglected health problems affecting people today.