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Podiatrist
Podiatrists treat corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, bunions, heel spurs, and arch problems; ankle and foot injuries, deformities, and infections;
The Job
To diagnose a foot problem, podiatrists also order x rays and laboratory tests. The foot may be the first area to show signs of serious conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease. For example, patients with diabetes are prone to foot ulcers and infections because of poor circulation. Podiatrists consult with and refer patients to other health practitioners when they detect symptoms of these disorders.
Work Environment
Podiatrists usually work in small private offices or clinics, sometimes supported by a small staff of assistants and other administrative personnel.
College Majors
3 to 4 years of undergraduate education
Minimum Qualifications
People planning a career in podiatry should have scientific aptitude, manual dexterity, interpersonal skills, and a friendly bedside manner.
Personality traits helpful for this career
People planning a career in podiatry should have scientific aptitude, manual dexterity, interpersonal skills, and a friendly bedside manner. In private practice, podiatrists also should have good busi
Quick Facts
  • Podiatrists must be licensed, requiring 3 to 4 years of undergraduate education, the completion of a 4-year podiatric college program, and passing scores on national and State examinations.
  • While the occupation is small, job opportunities should be good for entry-level graduates of accredited podiatric medicine programs.
  • Opportunities for newly trained podiatrists will be better in group medical practices, clinics, and health networks than in traditional, solo practices.
  • Podiatrists enjoy very high earnings.
Compensation and Outlook
Podiatrists enjoy very high earnings. Median annual wages of salaried podiatrists were $113,560 in May 2008. Additionally, a survey by Podiatry Management Magazine reported median net income of $114,768 in 2008.
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