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The DPM Distinction/Advantage

The Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) is the medical and surgical specialist of the foot and ankle. There are many medical and surgical specialties that contribute to the overall care of the foot and ankle, however, not everyone is able to treat all aspects of the foot and ankle. Podiatrists complete extensive training while working with internists, family practice physicians, pediatricians, vascular surgeons, radiologists, anesthesiologists, rheumatologists, and other specialists. The curriculum parallels that of the MD or DO physician allowing us to become an integral member of the medical community.


  • Four-year podiatric medical school curriculum. This includes didactic and clinical rotations in all areas of medicine and surgery.
  • Residency training between two and three years devoted exclusively to the foot and ankle with rotations in nearly all areas of medicine and surgery.
  • Some podiatric surgeons also complete foot and ankle fellowship training in diabetes, sports medicine, trauma, and geriatrics.
  • National licensing examinations and continuing education as mandated by the State of California make sure your doctor continues to educate themselves in the latest techniques.
  • Board Certification, which involves evaluation of a significant number of case outcomes and two intense days of written and oral examinations.
Board Certification:

Podiatrists are the only medical specialists with certifying boards specifically for the foot and ankle.

  • American Board of Podiatric Surgery
  • American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine

When choosing your doctor make sure you ask the amount of time spent devoted to the foot and ankle in medical school curriculum, residency training and current practice. Also, remember to ask if your doctor participates in the board certification process devoted to the foot and ankle.

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