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What Is A Podiatrist?

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A Podiatrist is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) which is also known as a Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Chiropodist, or Podiatric Physician. After completion of a 4-year Bachelor Degree, the Podiatric Physician then continues their education in medical school for 4 years with the first two years being comparable to medical school and the last two years more focused on the lower extremity. Upon graduation, the podiatrist then enrolls in a residency program for 1-3 years were they refine their surgical skills and medically manage patients.

The foot consists of 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 ligaments and tendons. This complex structure is linked by various arteries, veins, nerves, muscles and tendons that provide the stability, support and strength that we all use every day. A Podiatrist is the only uniquely qualified medical specialist that is educated, trained, licensed in all aspects of foot, ankle and lower leg treatments.

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