about the field


Podiatrists treat a wide variety of patients, from pediatrics to geriatrics, athletes to diabetic patients, and everyone in between. As a result, no two days in the office are the same!  One of the most satisfying aspects of podiatry is being able to provide immediate relief to a patient who is in pain or discomfort. Since podiatrists treat the same patient from diagnosis through treatment and surgery, to recovery and continued care, they’re able to develop long-term meaningful relationships with their patients.

Additionally, many podiatrists enjoy a healthy work-life balance and are able to work, on average, a 40-60 hour work week while receiving a salary comparable to their MD and DO peers.

Podiatrists are able to pursue a wide variety of specialties like surgery, sports medicine, dermatology, pediatrics, wound care, diabetic care, and more. In some instances, they can treat all these specialties in the same day because of the variety of patients they see! Additionally, you can pursue a career in a number of practice settings like:

  • Private practice
  • Hospitals
  • Emergency Room
  • Clinic
  • Urgent/Trauma Care Facilities
  • Professional Sports Teams
  • Academic Medical Centers
  • VA Hospitals

Furthermore, podiatrists are able to transition between a number of different practice types throughout the course of their careers. They also work collaboratively as part of an inter-disciplinary team with other medical professionals.

Ready to see if podiatry is the medical career for you? Take the quiz!