What Are the Job Requirements of a Podiatrist?

In medicine and healthcare in general, there are many fields of study that individuals partake in in order to become professionals. These professionals are able to work in the medical field, providing help to those who have bodily issues in line with their particular point of study. In this article, we are going to discuss the professional in the medical field known as a Podiatrist, and just what job requirements come with the territory in this career.

To start our discussion, first, we must define the term, “Podiatrist.” A professional of this nature is a doctor who treats issues found in the foot, ankle, and the legs (lower extremities in general). The term itself originated in the land of North America, but it is now accepted throughout the whole English-speaking community to describe all those who practice podiatric medicine.

In order to become a practitioner of podiatric medicine, an individual would need to complete four years as an undergraduate, followed by an additional four years in an accredited school of podiatric medicine. Next, this medical professional would need to complete a three or four-year surgical residency in a hospital. However, once one was able to be a practitioner of podiatric medicine they would be able to practice as a licensed professional in all fifty states (United States of America).

Doctors of podiatric medicine are able to treat a variety of conditions that afflict the feet and the ankles. Treatment can be done using surgery if the practitioner deems it to be necessary, and treatment is also able to be done without the use of invasive or surgical methods. There are also a variety of specialties that a doctor of podiatric medicine can branch out into. These specialties include:

– Consultant Podiatric Surgeon (one who would practice reconstructive surgery of the feet and ankles)

– Podiatric Orthopedic

Podiatric Sports Physician

– Neuro-podiatrist

– Dermatological Podiatrist

These specialties are only some of the specialties that a doctor of podiatric medicine can choose to aim their study and practice at. It is important that different specialties be in place so that those with different issues and conditions can be treated efficiently and according to what their specific case demands in order for them to reach optimal health.


In Australia, it is now possible to become a podiatric assistant. These individuals can practice in a team in a variety of settings, clinical and non-clinical. There are different fields for these podiatric assistants, including but not limited to:

Podiatric Nurse

– Podiatry Technician

– Podiatry Hygienist

– Foot Health Practitioner

As mentioned earlier, sometimes it is determined to be necessary for surgical treatment to be pursued for the treatment of certain issues. Podiatric surgeons are qualified to not only diagnose these issues but to care for the joints, bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments that are present in feet and the ankles. These practitioners deal with heel pain, congenital deformities, structural deformities (such as bone spurs, bunions, and painful flat foot), and injuries sustained through trauma, just to mention a few.

What about some other job requirements that belong to an individual who is licensed to practice podiatric medicine? Bone and joint disorders afflicting the feet/ankles, such as arthritis, would also be treated by one of these professionals. So would circulatory diseases and neurological conditions afflicting the same areas. The lower limbs bearing skin conditions and problems with nails would also be treated by a professional practicing this form of medicine. These include ingrown toenails, calluses, corns, and others. Injuries sustained while engaging in sports would also be best suited being treated by one of these licensed professionals.

In conclusion, just as it is in most fields related to the medical profession, it takes quite a bit of study and time in order to become a professional who is able to practice podiatric medicine. Therefore, if you find yourself in a position where you require the services of one of these practitioners, you can rest assured that the individual you are seeing is highly qualified to treat any illness or condition that you may have. The job requirements are vast for a doctor who practices podiatric medicine, as this article has shown, but the rewards are great for those who seek treatment.


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