What is the difference between a podiatrist and an orthopedist?
General training in medicine, detecting, and treating medical conditions occurs in both professions. Orthopedists will treat musculo-skeletal conditions only. In addition to musculo-skeletal problems, podiatrists will treat medical conditions and other systemic diseases of the skin, the vascular system, nerves, and joints. These conditions include diabetic related problems, heel spurs, ingrown toenails, calluses, and fallen arches, to name a few. Both a podiatrist and a foot and ankle orthopedist can and will perform surgical procedures including arthroscopy.