Podiatry is the specific branch of medicine that deals with diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the foot and ankle. This specialty is generally practiced by Doctors of Podiatric Medicine, or podiatrists. A podiatrist may treat a myriad of issues from the relatively minor, such as corns, to major conditions and injuries, like fractures.


Podiatry practices may be solo, with only one doctor, or they may function within a medical group. Some podiatrists work in combination with groups of doctors in related specialty areas. For example, a podiatrist may work in conjunction with an orthopedic surgeon or in a multi-specialty practice for the treatment of the specific podiatry needs of diabetic patients.

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