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Podiatrists must earn a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree and complete a 3-year residency program. Podiatrists must be licensed.
A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine is considered a medical doctor of the foot and ankle and receives an education very similar to that of a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.).
Podiatrists are narrowly focused healthcare practitioners who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of the foot, ankle and their related tissues and structures. The feet are unusually complicated structures, containing approximately half of the body's bones and a large number of small muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and blood vessels.