Podiatrists provide medical and surgical care for people with foot, ankle, and lower
leg problems. They diagnose illnesses, treat injuries, and perform surgery involving
the lower extremities. Most podiatrists work in offices of podiatry, either on their
own or with other podiatrists. Some work in group practices with other physicians
or specialists. Others work in private and public hospitals, in outpatient care centers,
or for the government. Podiatrists must earn a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM)
degree and complete a 3-year residency program.