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Podiatry or chiropody is the field of medicine devoted to the study and treatment of disorders of the foot and ankle. A podiatry professional is referred to as a podiatrist in the United States and a chiropodist in Great Britain and Ireland (translated literally, chiropody refers to medicine of the hand and foot).

United States

In the United States podiatry is practiced by a licensed Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.). Education consists of a four-year program following college. Podiatrists may independently diagnose, treat and prescribe medicine for disorders of the foot. They may perform surgical corrections of foot pathology and in some states perform complex ankle reconstruction.

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