A podiatrist’s assistant is a medical assistant who specializes in the field of podiatry. Podiatry Assistants are valuable and necessary support for the Podiatrist in a podiatry office.
Podiatrist’s assistant may not work as a podiatrist’s assistant under the supervision of any person except a certified supervising podiatrist. Podiatrists, also known as doctors of podiatric medicine (DPMs), diagnose and treat disorders, diseases, and injuries of the foot and lower leg. Podiatrists treat corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, bunions, heel spurs, and arch problems; ankle and foot injuries, deformities, and infections; and foot complaints associated with diabetes and other diseases.
Assistants are taught the how-to’s of working as a team with the podiatrist A podiatrist’s assistant should have knowledge of all forms of foot hygiene and should be familiar with pathology of skin and nails, microbiology, anatomy and a have awareness of circulatory problems
Podiatrist’s assistant employment is expected to increase because of increasing consumer demand for podiatric medicine services. Job prospects should be good. More people will turn to podiatrists for foot care because of the rising number of injuries sustained by a more active and increasingly older population.
The duties of a podiatrist assistant are usually defined by the employer, but they are generally expected to perform both clinical and administrative duties.