Definitions for podiatristpəˈdaɪ ə trɪst, poʊ-
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
po•di•a•tristpəˈdaɪ ə trɪst, poʊ-(n.)
a person qualified to diagnose and treat foot disorders.
Ref: Also called chiropodist.
Origin of podiatrist:
chiropodist, foot doctor, podiatrist(noun)
a specialist in care for the feet
A health care practitioner who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of foot ailments.
I visited my podiatrist to get a new pair of orthopedic inserts for my sneakers.
A podiatrist, also known as a podiatric physician, or 'foot doctor', is a medical professional, a physician devoted to the study and medical treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower extremity. The term originated in North America but has now become the accepted term in the English-speaking world for all practitioners of Podiatric Medicine. Podiatrists are the only medical professionals who exclusively specialize in treating the foot and ankle. In the US, Doctors of Podiatric Medicine are physicians and surgeons who practice on the lower extremities, primarily on feet and ankles. The preparatory education of most podiatrists includes four years of undergraduate work, followed by four years in an accredited podiatric medical school, followed by a three or four year hospital-based surgical residency. Podiatrists are licensed in all 50 states. Worldwide, in many countries the term Podiatrist refers to Allied Health professionals who specialize in the treatment of the lower extremity, particularly the foot. Podiatrists in these countries are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of foot pathology but not through surgical means. In some circumstances these practitioners will further specialise and, following further training, perform reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.
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