Podiatrist Job Description

Podiatrists Provide Medical And Surgical Care For People With Foot, Ankle, And Lower Leg Problems. They Diagnose Illnesses, Treat Injuries, And Perform Surgery Involving The Lower Extremities.

Podiatrists Treat A Variety Of Foot And Ankle Ailments, Including Calluses, Ingrown Toenails, Heel Spurs, And Arch Problems. They Also Treat Foot And Leg Problems Associated With Diabetes And Other Diseases. Some Podiatrists Spend Most Of Their Time Performing Advanced Surgeries, Such As Foot And Ankle Reconstruction. Others May Choose A Specialty Such As Sports Medicine Or Pediatrics.

Podiatrists Who Own Their Practice May Spend Time On Business-related Activities, Such As Hiring Employees And Managing Inventory.

Podiatrist Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • Diagnose foot, ankle, and lower-leg problems through physical exams, x rays, medical laboratory tests, and other methods
  • Refer patients to other physicians or specialists if they detect larger health problems, such as diabetes
  • Read journals and attend conferences to keep up with advances in podiatric medicine
  • Provide treatment for foot, ankle, and lower leg ailments, such as prescribing special shoe inserts (orthotics) to improve a patient’s mobility
  • Perform foot and ankle surgeries, such as removing bone spurs and correcting foot and ankle deformities
  • Give advice and instruction on foot and ankle care and on general wellness techniques
  • Assess the condition of a patient’s feet, ankles, or lower legs by reviewing his or her medical history, listening to the patient’s concerns, and performing a physical examination
  • Prescribe medications

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