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Podiatrists
District Of Columbia

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Diagnose and treat diseases and deformities of the human foot.

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Currently Employed: 10

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: $39.23 - $80+

Typical Annual Salary: $81,600 - $166,400+

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Typical education needed for entry: Doctoral or professional degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Internship/residency

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typical job duties

  • Surgically treat conditions such as corns, calluses, ingrown nails, tumors, shortened tendons, bunions, cysts, and 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, and keeping records.
  • Educate the public about the benefits of foot care through techniques such as speaking engagements, advertising, and other forums.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Floor grade forceps or hemostats
  • Surgical chisels or gouges
  • Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
  • Surgical curettes or loops
  • Surgical scissors

Technology:
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Internet browser software
  • Medical software
  • Word processing software

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