What Podiatrists Do

Podiatrists provide medical and surgical care for people with foot, ankle, and lower leg problems.

Work Environment

Most podiatrists work in offices of podiatry, either on their own or with other podiatrists. Some work in group practices with other physicians or specialists. Others work in private and public hospitals, in outpatient care centers, or for the government.

How to Become a Podiatrist

Podiatrists must earn a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree and complete a 3-year residency program. Every state requires podiatrists to be licensed.


The median annual wage for podiatrists was $134,300 in May 2020.

Job Outlook

Employment of podiatrists is projected to show little or no change from 2019 to 2029. Despite limited employment growth, some podiatrists will be needed to replace those who leave the occupation. 

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