Podiatrists

Diagnose and treat diseases and deformities of the human foot.

Median Annual Wage: $120,700

Education: Post-doctoral training (47%); Doctoral degree (26%); Professional degree (12%)

Projected Growth: Much faster than average (22% or higher)

Related Job Titles: Physician; Doctor; Podiatrist; Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM); Podiatric Physician; Podiatric Surgeon; Practitioner; Foot and Ankle Surgeon; Doctor Podiatric Medicine (DPM)

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Podiatrists.

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  • Diagnose diseases and deformities of the foot using medical histories, physical examinations, x-rays, and laboratory test results.
  • Prescribe medications, corrective devices, physical therapy, or surgery.
  • Advise patients about treatments and foot care techniques necessary for prevention of future problems.
  • Treat bone, muscle, and joint disorders affecting the feet and ankles.
  • Refer patients to physicians when symptoms indicative of systemic disorders, such as arthritis or diabetes, are observed in feet and legs.
  • Make and fit prosthetic appliances.
  • Correct deformities by means of plaster casts and strapping.
  • Perform administrative duties such as hiring employees, ordering supplies, and keeping records.
  • Educate the public about the benefits of foot care through techniques such as speaking engagements, advertising, and other forums.
  • Treat deformities using mechanical methods, such as whirlpool or paraffin baths, and electrical methods, such as short wave and low voltage currents.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Podiatrists.

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Podiatrists.

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