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The podiatric physician is a doctor who has completed four years of podiatric medical school. Many podiatric physicians have from one to four additional years of residency training to study foot care and surgery. Podiatrists continue their education when in practice, learning new techniques and procedures and keeping up with recent developments in the field.
Many common foot problems can be prevented and controlled without seeing a podiatrist. On the other hand, in many cases a visit would not only be wise but in many cases necessary. When deciding on an appropriate physician to treat a foot disorder or injury, keep in mind that a podiatrist is more likely to have the knowledge, training and skills to provide the highest quality of care possible due to his or her specialized training in the care of the foot and ankle. The podiatric physician, like other health care providers, can help to ensure that you’ll live a healthier and more comfortable life.