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Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), Doctor Podiatric Medicine (DPM), Podiatric Surgeon, Podiatrist

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Podiatric Surgeon
What they do:
Diagnose and treat diseases and deformities of the human foot.
On the job, you would:
  • Treat bone, muscle, and joint disorders affecting the feet and ankles.
  • Diagnose diseases and deformities of the foot using medical histories, physical examinations, x-rays, and laboratory test results.
  • Advise patients about treatments and foot care techniques necessary for prevention of future problems.



  • medicine and dentistry
  • therapy and counseling


  • customer service
  • management

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Education and Training

  • teaching and course design


Basic Skills

  • figuring out how to use new ideas or things
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

People and Technology Systems

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it



  • communicate by writing
  • read and understand what is written

Ideas and Logic

  • use rules to solve problems
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Visual Understanding

  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly know what you are looking at

Hand and Finger Use

  • hold or move items with your hands


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Analytical Thinking


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software

  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology

Medical software

  • Advantage Software Podiatry Advantage
  • Quick Notes PDQ Podiatry

Electronic mail software

  • Email software


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral degree or
post-doctoral training
usually needed

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