A podiatrist specializes in treating foot pain, states Foot HealthCare Associates. Podiatrists diagnose and treat foot and ankle problems, such as sprains, fractures, bunions, heel pain, neuromas and infections.
In addition to diagnosis and treatment, podiatrists consult with patients on methods for preventing foot problems, states Foot HealthCare Associates. Podiatrists prescribe therapy treatment and use ultrasound and lab test procedures to diagnose problems. Podiatrists also help correct walking problems by prescribing and fitting patients with specialized inserts, called orthotics. To become a podiatrist, an individual must attend medical school, receive a doctorate degree in podiatry, pass state and national exams and receive a state license to practice.