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Podiatry is a branch of medicine devoted to the study, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle, and lower leg.

A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), also known as a podiatric physician or surgeon, is qualified by his/her education and training to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Within the field of podiatry, practitioners can focus on many different specialty areas, including surgery, sports medicine, biomechanics, geriatrics, pediatrics, orthopedics, or primary care.

To be admitted to a training program in podiatry, a student must first complete at least 90 credit hours of course work from an accredited undergraduate institution.  Minimally, the course work must include eight hours of biology, eight hours of general chemistry, eight hours of physics and eight hours of organic chemistry.  Additionally, students should sit for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). For admissions requirements for specific colleges of podiatric medicine, click here.

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