2nd October 2019

telegraph
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Can a podiatrist write a prescription?

Physiotherapists and podiatrists are to be able to prescribe their patients with medicines including painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs, it has been announced. Podiatrists, who treat disorders of the foot, ankle and lower leg, will also be able to prescribe medication for their patients.

Consequently, do podiatrists have a medical degree?

If you wish to become a podiatrist, you must first get a bachelor's degree and then apply to an accredited podiatric medical college. Your graduate school course of study will take four years, after which you will receive a degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.).

Is a podiatrist a real medical doctor?

A podiatrist is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), known also as a podiatric physician or surgeon, qualified by their education and training to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg. When treating patients, this system is also known as the lower extremity.

Do I need a podiatrist or an orthopedist?

They spend their entire surgical residency training on the foot and ankle, often with multiple podiatric and orthopedic surgeons. Therefore, they have more years of study that is focused specifically on feet. A podiatrist can treat only foot and ankle conditions, with a few exceptions in some remote areas.
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