Podiatric Surgeon

Perform surgery on patients who have foot diseases and disorders.

Quick Stats


Salary Range
~ $118,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Podiatric Surgeons do?

A Podiatric Surgeon specializes in surgery on the feet, ankles, and sometimes the lower leg. To become a good Podiatric Surgeon, you should love medicine, people, surgery, and, yes, feet. Your specialized training and skill set gives your patients a much better chance of making a full recovery and being able to walk and use their feet as they’re supposed to.

The kind of damage and disorders you face as a Podiatric Surgeon can include diabetes, poor circulation, malformations, really bad bunions, and, of course, outright trauma to the feet and ankles, like broken bones. You can specialize in one of these areas or you can choose something slightly broader — such as sports medicine or pediatric podiatry. You repair, restore, and revitalize the surrounding tissue and bones, resulting in feet and ankles that are just like new.

As with any specialty, you need to log in some time in patient exam rooms, running tests to come up with accurate diagnoses. You’re also responsible for following up with your patients, making sure their rehabilitation (if any is required) and healing are going as planned. In addition, you can help patients with ongoing conditions that don’t require surgery (yet) or necessitate the help of another medical department.

Walking is something that’s supposed to come naturally, so it’s extremely heartbreaking when you see someone unable to do it. And that’s what makes your job so important. It’s the chance to give the seemingly simple gift of walking back to a patient that keeps you getting up for work each morning.


Should I be a Podiatric Surgeon?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, Doctor Podiatric Medicine, Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Podiatric Physician

    How to become a Podiatric Surgeon

    Most Podiatric Surgeons have a Doctorate. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:ffaaa9&chl=no+college+%288%25%29|certificate+%288%25%29||||doctorate+%2885%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,8,85
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