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Dr. Shari Nichols (DPM)
1. Can you explain to young people what a podiatrist does? A podiatrist is a doctor that treats foot and ankle problems. Those problems can range from warts or ingrown toenails, to major trauma and broken bones.
2. What is the best part of your job? The best parts of the job would be the variety of people and the diversity( many varieties) of the conditions seen.
3. What would you say is the most difficult aspect of being a podiatrist? I would say that the most difficult part of my job is all the paperwork that needs to be done and patients being compliant(following directions given to make sure they heal properly).
4. Do you have a memory you’d like to share concerning your job? A memory of doing my job would be some of the difficult cases I’ve had, like a wound that has taken a long time to heal, to see it eventually heal and be resolved for the patient.
5. What are the necessary skills/degrees needed to become a podiatrist? To become a podiatrist you first need an undergraduate college degree. Then, you have to go to podiatry school for four more years followed by a two or three year residency. That’s 10-11 years past high school graduation before you can begin practicing podiatry!
6. Any suggestions for young people who might be interested in your career?
I would suggest to young people who might be interested in a career in podiatry to spend time with a local podiatrist to see if you like it.
7. Where can you work as a podiatrist?
You can work in private practice, a group practice or some podiatrists work at universities for sporting teams, for example, and clinics.
8 . Describe a day at your job.
Today my day started at a nursing home for the morning, doing rounds or seeing patients at the hospital before lunch, having a meeting during lunch, having office hours in the afternoon and then having emergency surgery tonight.
9 . What got you interested in this career choice?
I spent time with a podiatrist, saw the type of call schedule, saw a wide variety of ages and different problems and felt it would be a great career choice. I also liked that my career choice was a hands-on profession.
No less then 19 muscles and 107 ligaments are used to control the movement of each foot.
When walking, you place about 2-3 times your body weight in pressure on your feet.
1/4 of all the bones in the human body are located in the feet (52 total bones)
The feet contain approximately 250,000 sweat glands creating as much as 1/2 pint of moisture a day.
"When our feet hurt, we hurt all over", a quote by ancient Greek philosopher Socrates.
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, the average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day or about 115,000 miles in a lifetime. That’s more than four times the circumference of the globe!Note: Illustration from WPClipart.com