A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), also known as a podiatric physician or surgeon, qualified by their education and training to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg. Podiatrists are uniquely qualified among medical professionals to treat the foot and ankle based on their education, training, and expertise.
Podiatrists are defined as physicians by the federal government and in most states. DPMs receive medical education and training comparable to medical doctors, including four years of undergraduate education, four years of graduate education at one of eight accredited podiatric medical colleges and two or three years of hospital residency training. Within the field of podiatry, practitioners can focus on many different specialty areas, including surgery, sports medicine, biomechanics, geriatrics, pediatrics, orthopedics or primary care.
A majority of podiatrists are board–certified. Certification is considered to be an earned credential for those podiatric physicians who have achieved certain levels of skill and ability.
WWMG’s Podiatry Department has multiple podiatrists, who are board-certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. They provide comprehensive foot and ankle care for patients throughout Everett and the greater Snohomish County area. They strive for long-term resolution of foot problems and put great emphasis on the prevention of future injuries.