Podiatrists or Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) provide medical and surgical care for people with foot, ankle, and lower leg problems. They diagnose illnesses, treat injuries, and perform surgery involving the lower extremities (Occupational Outlook Handbook). 

Chiropodists and first-degree podiatrists (e.g. those trained in the UK) also diagnose and treat foot conditions and may provide subcutaneous soft-tissue foot surgery, but not surgery on the bones of the forefoot. They amount and type of education differs from Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M).

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The University of Manitoba does not offer training in Podiatry or Chiropody, but pre-requisite courses and degree may be taken at U of M prior to application to a professional program. Please view the links below for information on U of M programs, and podiatry and chiropody schools in North America. 

The educational pathway for Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) is a four-year doctoral degree program in podiatric medicine (available in the United States and in Quebec), normally following completion of a bachelor's degree program. (National Occupational Classification)

The training for Chiropody is usually a three-year diploma program (DCh) obtained in Canada or a first-degree program in podiatric medicine (D.Pod.M.) obtained abroad (i.e. United Kingdom). (National Occupational Classification) 

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Exploring Podiatry and Chiropody Education Options

Information for foreign-trained Podiatrists & Chiropodists - Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials

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