Pre-Podiatry Preparation

Podiatrists diagnose, treat, rehabilitate and perform surgery on patients with an illness or injury on the feet and/or lower limbs. Podiatrists treat a variety of foot and ankle aliments as well as foot and leg problems resulting from diabetes and other diseases.

Many podiatrists spend the majority of their time performing surgeries, such as foot reconstruction. But they can specialize in other areas, too, including sports medicine, pediatrics, and diabetic foot care. Most podiatrists work full time and either have their own practice or work in group practices with other physicians and specialists.

How to Apply

Podiatrists must obtain a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) and be licensed in order to practice. Podiatric medical schools are highly competitive; most applicants earn a bachelor’s degree before applying. Most schools take four years to complete, and then students must complete a residency program.