By Megan Rebholz

Type of Work

Podiatrists provide medical and surgical care for people with foot, ankle, and lower leg problems. They diagnose illnesses, treat injuries, and perform surgery involving the lower extremities.

Average Salary


Where Do They Work?

  • hospitals
  • offices of podiatry
  • group practices


  • perform foot and ankle surgeries
  • prescribe medications
  • diagnose foot, ankle, and lower leg problems


23% increase in jobs

2,400 new jobs in the next 10 years

Education Needed

  • a DPM (Doctor of Podiatric Medecine)
  • 3 years undergraduate education
  • 3 year residency program