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Podiatric Medicine CareersPodiatric Medicine Careers: Podiatric medicine involves medical care provided to the foot and ankle. Some careers in the Podiatric Medicine field include:

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) also known as a Podiatrist, focuses on preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions associated with the foot and ankle. As a number of diseases e.g. diabetes and heart disease first show symptoms in the extremities, a DPMs is often the first healthcare professional to detect serious health problems. These problems may otherwise go unnoticed for some time.

Podiatry Assistant: A podiatry assistant also known as a chiropody assistant assists the qualified podiatrist in taking care of other peoples feet. The podiatry assistant may be in training to become a fully qualified podiatrist.

Orthotic Technician: An Orthotic Technician or Shoe Technician measures, constructs and maintains in-shoe correction aids or orthoses. An Orthotic Technician works closely with other healthcare professionals including podiatrists, prosthetists and orthotists to ensure that patients remain mobile.

If you are planning a career in podiatry you should have a strong scientific ability and good interpersonal skills. Podiatrists who work for themselves should also have a good business sense.

Education: To become a Podiatrist you will need to attend a college of podiatric medicine. Many colleges require that applicants have previously completed a Bachelor's Degree with semesters in chemistry, biology, physics and English. Applicants are also required to sit the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Some colleges accept applicants who have passed the Dentistry Admission Test or the Graduate Record Exam also. When choosing a college, ensure that it is accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME).

Upon graduating from a 4 year college of podiatric medicine Podiatrists are then required to complete a Hospital based residency program. Residency programs can last from 2 to four years depending on the area of specialty. All states require Doctors of Podiatric Medicine to be licensed. Licensing requirements vary by state.

Podiatry assistants receive on the job training in either private practice or public hospitals. Podiatry assistants must have an in-depth knowledge the pathology of skin and nails, microbiology and anatomy.

Orthotic Technician programs are available from many colleges and universities. Successful students usually graduate with an advance diploma or Associate degree. The National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) is the accrediting body for programs.

Career Advancement:
Podiatrists are qualified physicians who have undergone lengthy training in dermatology, rehabilitation, orthopedics and surgery. Some Podiatrists continue with their studies to become senior hospital managers, lectures in universities or colleges of podiatric medicine or researchers. Many Podiatry assistants continue with their studies to become fully qualified Podiatrists. Orthotic Technicians can become certified by passing the American Board for Certification (ABC) registration exam.

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