What is a Podiatrist?


Podiatry is a medical branch devoted to the study, diagnoses, and treatment of disorders related to the foot, ankle & lower leg. Licensed podiatrists have the initials DPM, also known as Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, and are able to treat foot conditions both medically and surgically.

Podiatric education is a long and in-depth training process. First, they must complete a four-year undergraduate program and receive a Bachelors degree.

Next, a four-year rigorous podiatric medical program is required which involves learning all aspects of the foot, ankle and lower leg, in accordance to all aspects of medicine as well. Podiatrists receive training similar to physicians in medical school, with added emphasis on the foot and ankle.

Upon completion, podiatrists are required to fulfill a three-year surgical or medical residency in which they receive hands-on post-doctoral training. The residents rotate through podiatry rotations as well as other main areas of medicine such as emergency, pediatric, internal medicine, and general surgery. They are personally trained by attending surgeons and physicians in both surgical and clinical settings.

During practice, a podiatrist tends to become certified by a board of podiatric surgeons. There are a number of certifying boards for the podiatric specialties of orthopedics, primary medicine, and surgery. Certification has requirements beyond licensure. Each board requires advanced training, the completion of written and oral examinations, and experience as a practicing podiatrist.

Podiatric physicians care for people of all ages. Common disorders of feet include neuropathy, neuromas, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, bunions, ingrown toenails, bone spurs, broken bones & fractures, sprains, infections, sports injuries, tendon injuries, ligament injuries, hammertoes, warts, corns, and calluses.

Dr. David Jenson is a leading podiatrist in The Woodlands and greater Houston area and an expert in all areas of podiatry mentioned above. Come see us today and get on track to getting back on your feet, one step at a time.

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