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Podiatrists

Podiatrists
Quick Facts : Podiatrists*
2010 Median Pay$118,030
Entry Level EducationDoctoral or professional degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201212,900
Job Outlook20% (Faster than average)
Employment Change2,600


Podiatrists provide medical and surgical care for people suffering foot, ankle, and lower leg problems. They diagnose illnesses, treat injuries, and perform surgery. For example, podiatrists treat calluses, ingrown toenails, heel spurs, and arch problems. They also treat foot and leg problems associated with diabetes and other diseases; they may set fractures.

What Podiatrists Do

  • Diagnose foot, ankle, and lower-leg problems, through physical exams, x rays, medical laboratory tests, and other methods
  • Provide treatment for foot, ankle, and lower-leg ailments, such as prescribing special shoe inserts (orthotics) to improve a patient's mobility
  • Perform foot and ankle surgeries, such as removing bone spurs
  • Offer advice and instruction on foot and ankle care
  • Refer patients to physicians or specialists if they detect larger health problems, such as diabetes

Work Environment

Most podiatrists work in offices of podiatry, either on their own or with other podiatrists. Some work in hospitals. Others work in group practices with other physicians or specialists.
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Job Outlook

Employment of podiatrists is expected to increase 20 percent from 2010 to 2020
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Pay

The average salary of podiatrists was $118,030 in May 2010.
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Podiatrists*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Podiatrists

118030

Healthcare Occupations

58203.2

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Podiatrists*
Percent Change in Employment

Podiatrists

20.155

Healthcare Occupations

25.417691284418105

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Podiatrists

Becoming a podiatrist requires completing an undergraduate college education, a 4-year postgraduate degree, and a 3-year medical and surgical residency. They must have a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree, which is a 4-year degree after earning a bachelor's degree. Podiatrists also must be licensed.
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