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What is a Podiatrist?

Career Description Diagnose and treat diseases and deformities of the human foot.

What Do Podiatrists Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Treat bone, muscle, and joint disorders affecting the feet and ankles.
  • Refer patients to physicians when symptoms indicative of systemic disorders, such as arthritis or diabetes, are observed in feet and legs.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as hiring employees, ordering supplies, or keeping records.
  • Prescribe medications, corrective devices, physical therapy, or surgery.
  • Make and fit prosthetic appliances.
  • Advise patients about treatments and foot care techniques necessary for prevention of future problems.

Skills Needed to be a Podiatrist

When polled, Podiatrists say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Other Podiatrist Job Titles

  • Foot Orthopedist
  • Foot Specialist
  • Doctor
  • Podiatrist
  • Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Podiatrist Job Outlook

In the United States, there were 11,000 jobs for Podiatrist in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 10.9% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 1,200 new jobs for Podiatrist by 2026. The BLS estimates 700 yearly job openings in this field.


The states with the most job growth for Podiatrist are Utah, Maryland, and Nebraska. Watch out if you plan on working in Mississippi, Kansas, or Rhode Island. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Podiatrist Salary

The typical yearly salary for Podiatrists is somewhere between $52,060 and $208,000.


Podiatrists who work in Nebraska, Rhode Island, or Wisconsin, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Podiatrists in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $148,010
Arizona $143,620
Arkansas $183,190
California $120,750
Colorado $119,190
Connecticut $95,610
Delaware $171,800
District of Columbia $152,520
Florida $136,170
Georgia $125,390
Illinois $180,270
Indiana $182,030
Iowa $173,370
Kansas $122,390
Kentucky $111,780
Louisiana $157,690
Maryland $159,950
Massachusetts $173,250
Michigan $131,780
Minnesota $184,280
Missouri $135,760
Montana $119,040
Nebraska $219,670
Nevada $109,560
New Jersey $132,320
New Mexico $124,660
New York $156,960
North Carolina $186,510
Ohio $155,870
Oklahoma $132,420
Oregon $93,930
Pennsylvania $136,780
Rhode Island $226,030
South Carolina $195,380
Tennessee $139,880
Texas $139,070
Utah $147,770
Virginia $144,330
Washington $136,330
West Virginia $175,530
Wisconsin $201,060

What Tools & Technology do Podiatrists Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Podiatrists may use on a daily basis:

  • Web browser software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Email software
  • Word processing software

How do I Become a Podiatrist?

Are there Podiatrists education requirements?


How Long Does it Take to Become a Podiatrist?


Who Employs Podiatrists?


The table below shows the approximate number of Podiatrists employed by various industries.


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