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American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)

Contact information:

Address: 9312 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, Maryland 20814, USA
Tel/Fax: (+1) 301 571 9200 – (+1) 301 530 2752

APMA President: Dennis Frisch, DPM


Founded in 1912, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), headquartered in Bethesda, MD, is the leading resource for foot and ankle health information. Currently, the organization represents a vast majority of the estimated 18,000 podiatrists in the country. In addition to the national headquarters, APMA boasts 53 state component locations throughout the United States and its territories, as well as affiliated societies. In 2012, APMA celebrated its 100th Anniversary.

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Education Process-4 years of undergraduate preprofessional/pre-medical education resultin in a BS or equivalent
- 4 years podiatric medical education at a college or school accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical education
- 3 years Hospital based podiatric medical and surgical residency approved bu the Council on Podiatric Medical Education
Years/Hours:-11 years
Degree:- Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
Continuous education mandatory:
Schools:Find a school:


Governemental recognition:-US Federal Government, Individual State government
Allowing foreign podiatrists- Must be a graduate of a college or school accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medicine Education
- The Health Policy and Practice Department:
Generally, to practice as a podiatrist in the United States, an individual would need to have a graduated from a CPME-accredited college of podiatric medicine, and in most cases, complete a CPME-approved residency program. However, licensing is conducted on a state-by-state basis and applicants will need to contact the State Board of Podiatry for their requirements.
An option would be to look into the requirements for a podiatric medical assistant, as that may be another pathway to practice in the U.S. The Board should be able provide some guidance there.
Applicable legislation-

What you need to know about podiatry in the USA:


Is there free access for patients?
- Yes
Does the podiatrist have prescription rights?
- Yes
Is the podiatrist is allowed to perform surgery?
- Yes
Can the podiatrist make and prescribe orthotics?
- Yes
Can the podiatrist use anaesthetics?
- Yes
Is the podiatry profession regulated? Is there a law protecting the title of podiatrist and describing the competences?
- Yes
How many podiatrists are active in USA?
- 15 000
Is the FIP-IFP member association recognized by the government as a professional association?
- Yes
Is there a code of conduct/deontology?
- Yes