Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Diagnose and treat diseases and deformities of the human foot.

Common job titles of Podiatrists include:

Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 46.98% said they needed a Post-Doctoral Training.

  • 25.68% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.


    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.

    Prescribe medications, corrective devices, physical therapy, or surgery.

    Diagnose diseases and deformities of the foot using medical histories, physical examinations, x-rays, and laboratory test results.

    Surgically treat conditions such as corns, calluses, ingrown nails, tumors, shortened tendons, bunions, cysts, or abscesses.

    Treat deformities using mechanical methods, such as whirlpool or paraffin baths, and electrical methods, such as short wave and low voltage currents.

    Make and fit prosthetic appliances.

    Perform administrative duties, such as hiring employees, ordering supplies, or keeping records.

    Correct deformities by means of plaster casts and strapping.

    Refer patients to physicians when symptoms indicative of systemic disorders, such as arthritis or diabetes, are observed in feet and legs.

    Educate the public about the benefits of foot care through techniques such as speaking engagements, advertising, and other forums.


Wire extraction pliers

Weitlaner retractors

Ultrasonic cleaners

Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment

Towel clamps

Therapeutic ultrasound equipment

Therapeutic paraffin baths

All Tools

Therapeutic hot packs

Therapeutic extremity whirlpool baths

Therapeutic cold packs

Tenotomy scissors

Tablet computers

Suture scissors

Surgical wire cutters

Surgical tissue forceps

Surgical thumb forceps

Surgical scalpels

Surgical needle holders

Surgical masks

Surgical hand drills

Surgical bone mallets

Surgical bone burs

Straight surgical scissors

Straight hemostats

Sterile gowns

Steam autoclaves

Stationary x ray equipment

Sponge forceps

Splinter forceps


Skin hooks

Sagittal bone saws

Safety glasses

Powered surgical drills

Portable x ray machines

Podiatry chisels

Pin and wire cutters

Phalangeal forceps

Personal computers

Packer and spatula tools

Oscillating bone saws

Orthopedic splints

Nucleus knives

Neurological pinwheels

Neurological hammers

Nail splitters

Metzenbaum scissors

Metatarsal spreaders

Medical measuring tapes

Medical examination protective gloves

Mechanical stethoscopes

McGlamry elevators

Mayo scissors

Mastoid gouges

Locke elevators

Laptop computers

Iris scissors

Ingrown nail forceps

Hypodermic syringes


Excavator curettes

Double-ended curettes


Desktop computers

Cuticle nippers

Curved surgical scissors

Curved hemostats


Cauterizing equipment

Cast vacuums

Cast spreaders

Cast cutters

Bone ronguers

Bone rasps

Bone forceps

Bone curettes

Bone chisels

Biopsy punches

Bandage scissors

Automated external defibrillators AED

Allis forceps


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DocSite Registry

Email software

Fox Meadows Software MediNotes e

Quick Notes PDQ Podiatry

Scanner imaging software


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.


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.

Active Learning

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

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.


Teaching others how to do something.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.


Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Recognition

Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity

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