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Podiatry Defined - What is a Podiatrist

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Updated January 07, 2009

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Podiatry Includes the Care of Diabetic Feet

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Definition: Podiatry is the treatment of disorders of the foot and ankle. A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM, not an M.D. or a D.O., the more traditional types of "doctors") and can perform treatments and surgeries on the foot and ankle.

Treatments range from non-invasive shoe inserts and orthotics and preventative diabetic foot care to surgical procedures.

Also Known As: foot doctor, feet doctor, podiatric, podiatrist
Examples:
Jane began to see a podiatrist after she was diagnosed with heel spurs.
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