What is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine?


Is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine?

A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) specializes in the comprehensive care of the foot and ankle, focusing on the unique anatomy, biomechanics, and pathologies of this vital part of the human body.

Podiatric physicians are the only doctors to receive specialized medical and surgical training, and board certification in the care of the lower extremity.


Doctors of podiatric medicine are experts in caring for the foot and ankle

Within podiatric medicine, there are many specialties including 

  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Sports medicine
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Wound Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Dermatology
  • Radiology
  • Geriatrics
  • Research

Find out more about all the different career options available in podiatric medicine

Doctors of Podiatric Medicine are graduates of a rigorous four-year program that includes anatomy, physiology, pathology, biomechanics, radiology, as well as the specialized training necessary to apply those skills to the incredibly complex mechanics of the human foot and ankle.  Find out more about the details of a podiatric medical college curriculum

After completing podiatric medical college, Doctors of Podiatric Medicine complete a three year residency where they have the opportunity to specialize and train in a clinical or hospital setting. Find out more about podiatric residencies

After seven years of training, a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine will start a career with both excellent earning potential and a comfortable work life balance.  Doctors of Podiatric Medicine work directly with patients and enjoy a manageable patient load that lets them truly focus on their patients’ wellness. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

Rajat Lahiri
School Name: AZCPM
Graduation Year: 2023

“You are the specialist of the foot and ankle. You get to treat anything, any diagnosis that had to do with the foot and ankle. So, there is a whole wide variety where not one day is similar to the next day. You can treat diabetic wounds one day to an Achilles rupture the next.”