Education Required

Podiatrists in every state must be licensed. Podiatrists must pay a fee and pass all parts of the American Podiatric Medical Licensing Exam (APMLE), offered by the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners. Some states have additional requirements. A full list of requirements for each state is available from the Federation of Podiatric Medical Boards. Many podiatrists choose to become board certified. Certification generally requires a combination of work experience and passing an exam. Board certification is offered by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, and the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry.

Career Setting

What is this job like?

A podiatrist, also known as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), is a medical specialist who focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of conditions affecting the feet, ankles, and lower extremities. Podiatrists provide medical and surgical care for a wide range of foot-related issues. Click to explore more occupational details: