How to become a podiatrist

Focus on helping patients with injured, badly-shaped, sore, or diseased ankles and feet.

What does a podiatrist do?

Podiatrists are healthcare professionals who are sometimes called ‘chiropodists’. Some podiatrists specialise in orthopedics and foot surgery. Most have private practices, but others work in government agencies, hospitals, and podiatric colleges.

Duties and tasks

  • Prescribe exercise, drugs, or special shoes.
  • Provide splints, braces, pads or various other supports.
  • Refer patients to general physicians for illnesses surrounding foot issues.
  • Order lab tests and X-rays to diagnose patients issues.
  • Treat foot and ankle issues through massage, manipulation, surgery, or physical therapy.

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