A Podiatrist is a licensed physician specializing in the medical and surgical care of the foot, ankle and lower leg.  Podiatrists must have a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) degree from a college of podiatric medicine.  In order to receive the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, Podiatrists must successfully undergo a rigorous course of education, training and testing in the areas of biomechanics, orthopedics, radiography, pathology, pharmacology, sports medicine, dermatology and surgery.  Clinical rotations include private practices, hospitals and clinics. 

Podiatrists must pass written and oral board examinations, obtain a state license to practice podiatric medicine and participate in continuing education.

The American Board of Podiatric Surgery is the most recognized and respected board in the field of Podiatric Medicine.  The board sets strict and rigorous standards that must be met in order for a Podiatric Surgeon to achieve board certification.

Education and Training

4 year undergraduate degree
4 years Podiatric Medical schooling
1-3 years Surgical Residency Training

Informative Links

American Board of Podiatric Surgery   
American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
University Hospital Medical Center - Evans
4321 University Parkway
Suite 103, Building 2
Evans, GA 30809