An organized profession in the United States for over 120 years, the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) is licensed to treat the foot, ankle and leg both medically and surgically. The Podiatrist graduates from podiatric medical school and completes a residency.

There are approximately 15,000 active Podiatrists in the United States today and each year about 6% of the U.S. population sees a podiatric physician. There were 60 million patient visits in 1999 by about 16.2 million Americans. As people get older, as obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes increase in our population, patient visits have increased tremendously. Today there is a critical shortage of podiatrists in our country.

Medicare data verifies that podiatric physicians are the physicians of choice for an average of 75% of forefoot bone surgery and nearly half of all rearfoot surgery.

Podiatric physicians are the major providers of foot care services in this nation at nearly 40% of all foot care. In contrast, Orthopedic physicians provide only 13% of all foot care.

The next time you have a foot problem, consider a visit to your local podiatrist.

Any ulcer on the foot, especially for diabetics or those with poor circulation, that is not responding and healing within 30 days must be reassessed by your doctor to determine the underlying reason.