Podiatrists Job Description video

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We tend to take our feet for granted. Day after day, the 26 bones in each foot do their duty. But sometimes those bones, along with the muscles, nerves, ligaments, blood vessels and skin that comprise our feet, need some attention. That’s when it’s time to march into the office of a podiatrist. Podiatrists are doctors who specialize in the care and treatment of feet. They treat everything from bothersome corns and calluses, to fractures, and infections related to diabetes. As a medical doctor, a podiatrist can prescribe medication, order xrays and lab tests, apply treatment, or, with certification, perform surgery. They may fit corrective inserts, design plaster casts and strapping to correct deformities, and design custom-made shoes. Heading toward this career means taking pre-med classes in college, followed by the Medical College Admission Test, then Podiatric Medical School and after that, in most states, a hospital residency program. Once licenses, many podiatrists have their own offices, or join a physicians’ group. Certification is also available for specialties such as orthopedics, primary medicine or surgery. Some develop sub-specialties such as sports medicine, treating the injuries of athletes, ballerinas, and everyday joggers. In every case, it helps to have good personal skills as well as a medical degree. Patients rely on podiatrists to keep them on their feet!

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