Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.)
Podiatric medicine is a branch of the medical sciences devoted to the study of human movement, with the medical care of the lower leg, foot and ankle as its primary focus. A doctor of podiatric medicine has undergone lengthy, thorough study to become uniquely well-qualified to treat this specific part of the body. Many practitioners can focus on a particular area of podiatric medicine. These options can include surgery, sports medicine, biomechanics, geriatrics, pediatrics, orthopedics, and primary care. The skills of podiatric physicians are in increasing demand because disorders of the foot and ankle are among the most widespread and neglected health problems.
There are currently 9 accredited podiatric schools in the United States that grant the Doctor of Podiatric medicine (D.P.M.) degree. Education includes a bachelor’s degree, 4 years of podiatric school, and 1-3 years of residency training.
For more information, see:
- American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
- US Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
- American Podiatric Medical Students Association (APMSA)