Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+0.2% (little or no change)

Most Common Level of Education

Doctoral or professional degree


What Podiatrists Do

Diagnose and treat diseases and deformities of the human foot.

Other Job Titles Podiatrists May Have

Doctor Podiatric Medicine (DPM), Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Podiatric Physician, Podiatric Surgeon, Podiatrist

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Surgically treat conditions such as corns, calluses, ingrown nails, tumors, shortened tendons, bunions, cysts, or abscesses.
  • Diagnose diseases and deformities of the foot using medical histories, physical examinations, x-rays, and laboratory test results.
  • Prescribe medications, corrective devices, physical therapy, or surgery.
  • Advise patients about treatments and foot care techniques necessary for prevention of future problems.
  • Treat bone, muscle, and joint disorders affecting the feet and ankles.

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