What Is the Difference Between a Podiatrist & Orthopedist?

Podiatrists and orthopedists work on the lower legs and feet.

Podiatrists and orthopedists work on the lower legs and feet.

Although both podiatrists and orthopedists work with the musculoskeletal system, there are significant differences between the two. For example, orthopedists -- more commonly called orthopedic surgeons or orthopods -- and podiatrists have different medical degrees. The orthopedic surgeon is an MD -- Doctor of Medicine -- or a DO -- Doctor of Osteopathy. Podiatrists, however, earn a DPM, or Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. Both podiatrists and orthopods must be licensed to practice in all states.

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About the Author

Beth Greenwood is an RN and has been a writer since 2010. She specializes in medical and health topics, as well as career articles about health care professions. Greenwood holds an Associate of Science in nursing from Shasta College.

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