According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, there are an estimated 15,000 practicing podiatrists in the United States. Podiatrists are in demand more than ever today because of a rapidly aging population. In addition, according to the association, foot disorders are among the most widespread and neglected health problems affecting people in this country.
– Consult with patients and other physicians on how to prevent foot problems.
– Diagnose and treat tumors, ulcers, fractures, skin and nail diseases, and deformities.
– Perform surgeries to correct or remedy such problems as bunions, clawtoes, fractures, hammertoes, infections, ruptured Achilles, and other ligaments and tendons.
– Prescribe therapies and perform diagnostic procedures such as ultrasound and lab tests.
– Prescribe or fits patients with inserts called orthotics that correct walking patterns.
– Treat conditions such as: bone disorders, bunions, corns, calluses, cysts, heel spurs, infections, ingrown nails, and plantar fasciitis.