About the Podiatric Medicine Specialty
Podiatric Medicine: A Medical Specialty IN Demand
Podiatric medicine is the branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and surgical, physical, mechanical, and medical treatment of the foot and ankle. A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine can treat a variety of ailments, from bunions to reconstructive ankle surgery. Other ailments treated in podiatric medicine include neuromas, corns, ingrown nails, hammertoes, calluses, heel pain, sprains, fractures, infections and injuries.
In addition, Doctors of Podiatric Medicine can specialize in a variety of areas, including sports medicine, diabetic wound care, dermatology, radiology, pediatrics and surgery. They work in a variety of settings including private practices, clinics, hospitals, and educational environments. Physicians specializing in podiatric medicine are the only doctors to receive specialized medical and surgical training and board certification in the care of the lower extremity.
Salary and Working Environment
Adding to the specialty's demand, podiatric medicine touts desirable salaries and a flexible lifestyle. According to the latest report, the average salary of a Physician specializing in Podiatric Medicine is $202,693 (salary.com) In addition, the working conditions in comparison to other medical specialties offer more options in practice structure. This gives both those seeking an engaging, always-on-call atmosphere in a hospital emergency room and those looking for a more laid-back, family-friendly schedule the opportunity to each thrive in their respective workplaces.