What is a Podiatrist?

Want to know who is best to treat your foot and ankle condition? Podiatrists are foot and ankle specialists who receive their Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) degree after 4 years of specialized medical school. Much like dentists (D.M.D./D.D.S.) or optometrists (O.D.), they are specializing early in their training.

D.P.M.s take medical classes alongside their allopathic (M.D.) and osteopathic (D.O.) colleagues and continue to be an essential part of a medical team. Upon graduating as a D.P.M. they move on to residency training that consists of 3 rigorous years of medical and surgical management treating all conditions of the foot and ankle. Additional sub-specialization can be obtained through fellowship training.

Podiatrists, therefore, have at least 7 years of devoted training in understanding the intricacies of the foot and ankle. There is no other degree that could compete with that.

Take a look at how the modern day podiatrist can help you with your foot and ankle problems.

Dr. Tea Nguyen is proud to be an Associate of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeon (AACFAS). 


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