A podiatrist, also called a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of many different foot problems. These problems can include bunions, heel pain, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown toenails, warts, corns, and calluses.
There is an estimated 15,000 practicing podiatrists in the United States - American Podiatric Medical Association
To become a podiatrist, a person needs to attend a 4-year medical school in addition to their undergraduate degree. Podiatrists must be licensed by the state that they practice in and they are required to take national and state exams.
The field of podiatry is a growing field. Due to the rapidly aging population, podiatrists are in demand. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, foot disorders are considered one of the most neglected health issues.
Podiatrists are the ones that take care of many foot-related injuries. They often see patients for sprains, fractures, infections, and other injuries that occur to the foot.