Where do people go when they have problems with their feet?
A visit to a podiatrist's office will get them the diagnosis and treatment they need.
If you want a career where you can help people stay on their feet, the exciting field of podiatry might be the one for you!
What a Podiatrist Does
A podiatrist is a physician and surgeon who diagnoses and treats problems with feet, ankles, and related structures of the leg. They treat people of any age.
Fractures and sprains
Bunions and hammertoes
Complications from diabetes
Complications from arthritis
Conditions like Morton’s neuroma
👇 Watch the video below to meet a podiatrist working for the UK's National Health Service.
A Day In the Life
Podiatrists usually work in offices of podiatry, other medical offices, or hospitals
Most work full-time, and some need to be on call for emergencies
Most podiatrists perform surgical procedures
Here is an example of a typical podiatrist's day:
8:00-10:30 See patients in the office — conduct exams, diagnose, prescribe meds, and advise about treatments
10:30-11:45 Prosthetic appliance fittings and plaster casts
1:30-3:30 Surgical treatments for a variety of conditions
4:00-5:00 Finish patient charting and follow-up patient calls
How Much Podiatrists Make
The average base salary per year for a podiatrist is: $158,380 in the US and $95,881 in Canada.
You'll Love Podiatry If...
You like working with people and you don't mind seeing their feet
You want to make a positive impact on others' lives
You're not squeamish about the human body and surgery
You understand and accept that you'll need to attend 4 years of podiatry school
Podiatry Is Not For You If...
You're not interested in an additional 4 years of school after your undergraduate degree
You don't want a job that's hands-on all the time
You're not really a people person and aren't interested in seeing patients all day and possibly listening to their complaints
Feet gross you out, blood grosses you out, and you could never see yourself performing surgery
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