What is a Podiatrist?
A Podiatrist is a medical specialist who deals with the medical, mechanical and surgical treatment of the human foot and ankle. A Podiatrist’s education consists of four years of undergraduate training, four years in a college of Podiatric Medicine, followed by a three-year residency program.
A Podiatrist treats all ailments of the human foot and ankle, the only restriction being that he cannot amputate the foot or administer a general anesthetic. A Podiatrist may prescribe any medication, which will help the treatment of a foot problem. Surgery is performed in the office, surgical centers, or hospitals. These surgical procedures, in most instances, give a patient permanent relief from a chronic foot problem.
Podiatrists in Florida must attend fifty hours of post-graduate training courses every two tears in order to have knowledge of the latest diagnostic and treatment methods.
Podiatrists have admitting and staff privileges at most hospitals in Florida.