Podiatrist  What They Do

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Podiatrists Career Video



Diagnoses and treats diseases and deformities of the human foot.

This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Surgically treats conditions such as corns, calluses, ingrown nails, tumors, shortened tendons, bunions, cysts, and abscesses.
  • Diagnoses diseases and deformities of the foot using medical histories, physical examinations, X-rays and test results.
  • Prescribes medications, corrective devices, physical therapy, or surgery.
  • Treats bone, muscle, and joint disorders affecting the feet and ankles.
  • Advises patients about treatments and foot care techniques necessary for prevention of future problems.
  • Refers patients to physicians when symptoms indicative of systemic disorders, such as arthritis or diabetes, are observed in feet and legs.
  • Makes and fits prosthetic appliances.
  • Corrects deformities by means of plaster casts and strapping.
  • Performs administrative duties such as hiring employees, ordering supplies, and keeping records.
  • Educates the public about the benefits of foot care through techniques such as speaking engagements, advertising, and other forums.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Exposed to radiation more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Physician -- Diagnoses and treats diseases, injuries, and other disorders and work to promote good health and prevent illness.
  • Podiatric Surgeon -- Manages bone, joint and soft tissue disorders in the foot.