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Education Requirements for Podiatrists

Becoming a podiatrist involves rigorous educational pursuits to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary for foot and ankle care. Aspiring podiatrists typically embark on a journey that includes undergraduate studies, followed by enrollment in a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, or DPM program, accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education, abbreviated CPME. These programs, spanning four years, encompass coursework in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and podiatric medicine, supplemented by clinical rotations and hands-on training in podiatric clinics and hospitals. Upon completing the DPM program, aspiring podiatrists undertake postgraduate training through residency programs, where they gain specialized experience in podiatric surgery, wound care, sports medicine, and other facets of foot and ankle care. Obtaining state licensure requires successful completion of national and state board examinations, ensuring competency and adherence to professional standards. Continuous education and professional development are integral to the practice of podiatry, as practitioners stay abreast of advancements and best practices to deliver quality care to their patients. If you are interested in pursuing the field of podiatry, it is suggested that you speak to this type of doctor who can answer any questions or address any concerns you may have.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact Brandon M. Zuklie, DPM from New Jersey. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Piscataway, Jamesburg, and Branchburg, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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