A podiatrist, or podiatrist specialist, is a doctor specializing in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases of the foot and ankle. The word originated in North America but now has become the accepted terminology in the English-reading world for most podiatrist doctors. Podiatrist doctors also perform surgeries on the lower limbs and hands. In addition, they provide other services such as conducting physical exams, diagnostic studies, planning and prescribing therapy and providing surgical care. Patients who require specialized care such as a bone scan, muscle test, or neurological tests may be referred to a podiatrist doctor.
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A podiatrist specialist is board certified to practice medicine, and has completed the degree requirements that are required to practice medicine in all states in the United States and in many parts of the World. They have a master’s degree in podiatry, a doctor of medicine, or a podiatrist degree, and are permitted to do certain specific functions under the laws of their state. Many countries have developed the laws that govern podiatrists. In the United States, podiatrists must meet the requirements of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and are required to take a national exam that covers basic and advanced knowledge of human anatomy, pass a complete physical exam, and take a thorough mental and neurological exam.
Today, there are several different specialties within the field of podiatry. Some podiatrists specialize in only foot and ankle disorders, while others conduct surgical procedures in various parts of the body, treat musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, shoulder pain, and neck problems, prescribe therapeutic exercise programs for athletes and patients with neuromuscular diseases such as muscular dystrophy and Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and perform plastic surgery for patients with severe trauma and birth defects. A podiatrist specialist can be found in a family practice setting, but more are choosing to open their own clinic or providing specialized treatment at a hospital or health care facility. No matter what the specialty is, many people find great relief from the services of a podiatrist.