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Podiatric Medicine

PODIATRIST - EMPLOYMENT

Podiatrists provide medical and surgical care for people with foot, ankle, and lower leg problems. They diagnose illnesses, treat injuries, and perform surgery involving the lower extremities.

Podiatrists treat common foot and ankle ailments as well as perform more complicated surgeries
Podiatrists treat common foot and ankle ailments as well as perform more complicated surgeries.

Duties

Podiatrists typically do the following:

  • Assess the condition of a patient's feet, ankles, or lower legs by reviewing his or her medical history, listening to the patient's concerns, and performing a physical examination
  • 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 and correcting foot and ankle deformities
  • Give advice and instruction on foot and ankle care and on general wellness techniques
  • Prescribe medications
  • Refer patients to other physicians or specialists if they detect larger health problems, such as diabetes
  • Read journals and attend conferences to keep up with advances in podiatric medicine

Podiatrists treat a variety of foot and ankle ailments, including calluses, ingrown toenails, heel spurs, and arch problems. They also treat foot and leg problems associated with diabetes and other diseases. Some podiatrists spend most of their time performing advanced surgeries, such as foot and ankle reconstruction. Others may choose a specialty such as sports medicine or pediatrics.

Podiatrists who own their practice may spend time on business-related activities, such as hiring employees and managing inventory.

Last Modification: 01-26-2014
Source:
http://www.bls.gov