As defined by the American Podiatric Medical Association, a podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), also known as a podiatric physician or surgeon, qualified by education and training to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg. Podiatrists are uniquely qualified among medical professionals to treat the foot and ankle based on their education, training and experience.
Podiatrists are defined as physicians by the federal government and in most states. DPMs receive medical education and training comparable to medical doctors, including four years of undergraduate education, four years of graduate education at an accredited podiatric medical college, and two or three years of hospital residency training. Within the field of podiatry, practitioners can focus on many different specialty areas, including surgery, sports medicine, biomechanics, geriatrics, pediatrics, orthopedics or primary care.
Podiatrists may be board certified by the American Board of Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine for the specialty areas of podiatric orthopaedics and primary podiatric medicine, or by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery for the specialty area of foot and ankle surgery.
View the full list of podiatric surgeons who practice at Christiana Care.