A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, or a Podiatrist, is a medical specialist who diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot, ankle and lower leg.
A Doctorate’s degree in Podiatry takes a minimum of four years to complete. A 3-year surgical based residency is then completed, where the resident rotates through core areas of medicine.
Upon completion of their residency, podiatrists can choose to become board certified, like Dr. Scott Shields. Certification involves rigorous testing and the evaluation of a candidate’s surgical logs for satisfactory experience and variety.