Podiatrists & Podiatric Medicine (Foot Doctors and Foot
Care) Queens NY
Podiatrists (Foot Doctors Foot Care) Forest Hills NY
Dr. Carlos F. Silva D.P.M.,
Board Certified Podiatrist
Podiatric Medicine & Foot Surgery & Foot Care
98-14 Metropolitan Av. Forest Hills NY 11375
83-75 Woodhaven Blvd Woodhaven, NY 11421
891 Fams Court East Meadow NY 11554
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Podiatrists (foot Doctors)
* Nature of the Work (foot Doctors) foot care
* Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement
* Podiatrists (foot Doctors) must be licensed, requiring 3 to 4 years of
undergraduate education, the completion of a 4-year podiatric college program,
and passing scores on national and State examinations.
* While the occupation is small, job opportunities should be good for entry-level
graduates of accredited podiatric medicine programs.
* Opportunities for newly trained podiatrists will be better in group medical
practices, clinics, and health networks than in traditional, solo practices.
* Podiatrists enjoy very high earnings.
Nature of the Work Back to Top
Americans spend a great deal of time on their feet. As the Nation becomes
more active across all age groups, the need for foot care will become increasingly
The human foot care is a complex structure. It contains 26 bones-plus muscles,
nerves, ligaments, and blood vessels-and is designed for balance and mobility.
The 52 bones in the feet make up about one-fourth of all the bones in the
human body. Podiatrists, also known as doctors of podiatric medicine
(DPMs) or foot doctors, diagnose and treat disorders, diseases, and injuries
of the foot and lower leg.
Podiatrists (foot Doctors) treat corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, bunions,
heel spurs, and arch problems; ankle and foot injuries, deformities, and
infections; and foot complaints associated with diabetes and other diseases.
To treat these problems, podiatrists prescribe drugs and physical therapy,
set fractures, and perform surgery. They also fit corrective shoe inserts
called orthotics, design plaster casts and strappings to correct deformities,
and design custom-made shoes. Podiatrists may use a force plate or scanner
to help design the orthotics: patients walk across a plate connected to
a computer that "reads" their feet, picking up pressure points
and weight distribution. From the computer readout, podiatrists order the
correct design or recommend another kind of treatment.
To diagnose a foot problem, podiatrists also order x rays and laboratory
tests. The foot may be the first area to show signs of serious conditions
such as arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease. For example, patients with
diabetes are prone to foot ulcers and infections because of poor circulation.
Podiatrists consult with and refer patients to other health practitioners
when they detect symptoms of these disorders.
Most podiatrists (foot Doctors) have a solo practice, although more are
forming group practices with other podiatrists or health practitioners.
Some specialize in surgery, orthopedics, primary care, or public health.
Besides these board-certified specialties, podiatrists may practice other
specialties, such as sports medicine, pediatrics, dermatology, radiology,
geriatrics, or diabetic foot care.
Podiatrists (foot Doctors) who are in private practice are responsible for
running a small business. They may hire employees, order supplies, and keep
records, among other tasks. In addition, some educate the community on the
benefits of foot care through speaking engagements and advertising.
Work environment. Podiatrists (foot Doctors) usually work in small
private offices or clinics, sometimes supported by a small staff of assistants
and other administrative personnel. They also may spend time visiting patients
in nursing homes or performing surgery at hospitals or ambulatory surgical
centers. Podiatrists with private practices set their own hours but may
work evenings and weekends to accommodate their patients. Podiatrists usually
treat fewer emergencies than other doctors.
Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement Back to Top
Podiatrists (foot Doctors) must be licensed, requiring 3 to 4 years of undergraduate
education, the completion of a 4-year podiatric college program, and passing
scores on national and State examinations.
Education and training. Prerequisites for admission to a college
of podiatric medicine include the completion of at least 90 semester hours
of undergraduate study, an acceptable grade point average, and suitable
scores on the Medical College Admission Test. (Some colleges also may accept
the Dental Admission Test or the Graduate Record Exam.)
Admission to podiatric colleges usually requires at least 8 semester hours
each of biology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics and
at least 6 hours of English. The science courses should be those designed
for premedical students. Extracurricular and community activities, personal
interviews, and letters of recommendation are also important. About 95 percent
of podiatric students have at least a bachelor's degree.
In 2007, there were seven colleges of podiatric medicine fully accredited
by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education. Colleges of podiatric medicine
offer a 4-year program whose core curriculum is similar to that in other
schools of medicine. During the first 2 years, students receive classroom
instruction in basic sciences, including anatomy, chemistry, pathology,
and pharmacology. Third-year and fourth-year students have clinical rotations
in private practices, hospitals, and clinics. During these rotations, they
learn how to take general and podiatric histories, perform routine physical
examinations, interpret tests and findings, make diagnoses, and perform
therapeutic procedures. Graduates receive the degree of Doctor of Podiatric
Most graduates complete a hospital-based residency program after receiving
a DPM. Residency programs last from 2 to 4 years. Residents receive advanced
training in podiatric medicine and surgery and serve clinical rotations
in anesthesiology, internal medicine, pathology, radiology, emergency medicine,
and orthopedic and general surgery. Residencies lasting more than 1 year
provide more extensive training in specialty areas.
Licensure. All States and the District of Columbia require a license
for the practice of podiatric medicine. Each State defines its own licensing
requirements, although many States grant reciprocity to podiatrists who
are licensed in another State. Applicants for licensure must be graduates
of an accredited college of podiatric medicine and must pass written and
oral examinations. Some States permit applicants to substitute the examination
of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners, given in the second
and fourth years of podiatric medical college, for part or all of the written
State examination. In general, States require a minimum of 2 years of postgraduate
residency training in an approved health care institution. For licensure
renewal, most States require continuing education.
Other qualifications. People planning a career in podiatry should
have scientific aptitude, manual dexterity, interpersonal skills, and a
friendly bedside manner. In private practice, podiatrists also should have
good business sense.
Certification and advancement. There are a number of certifying boards
for the podiatric specialties of orthopedics, primary medicine, and surgery.
Certification has requirements beyond licensure. Each board requires advanced
training, the completion of written and oral examinations, and experience
as a practicing podiatrist. Most managed-care organizations prefer board-certified
Podiatrists (foot Doctors) may advance to become professors at colleges
of podiatric medicine, department chiefs in hospitals, or general health