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Career Profile: Podiatrists

Diagnose and treat diseases and deformities of the human foot.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 12,100 people employed as podiatrists in the United States. The median annual salary is $134,300. Entry level employees earn approximately $55,230 per year and senior employees earn approximately $208,000 (or more) per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Surgically treat conditions such as corns, calluses, ingrown nails, tumors, shortened tendons, bunions, cysts, or abscesses.
  • Diagnose diseases and deformities of the foot using medical histories, physical examinations, x-rays, and laboratory test results.
  • Prescribe medications, corrective devices, physical therapy, or surgery.
  • Advise patients about treatments and foot care techniques necessary for prevention of future problems.
  • 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.
  • Make and fit prosthetic appliances.
  • Correct deformities by means of plaster casts and strapping.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as hiring employees, ordering supplies, or keeping records.
  • Educate the public about the benefits of foot care through techniques such as speaking engagements, advertising, and other forums.
  • Treat deformities using mechanical methods, such as whirlpool or paraffin baths, and electrical methods, such as short wave and low voltage currents.

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Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
12,100
Annual Openings:
900
Increase in Openings by 2030:
2%
Annual Salary Range:
$55,230 - $208,000
Education Requirements:
Master's degree or higher