The District of Columbia Podiatric Medical Association (DCPMA) is a voluntary membership organization of Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs), representing the majority of Podiatrists, Foot and Ankle Health Care Specialists, in the District of Columbia. DCPMA is a component of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).

Our Purpose

  • Contribute to the public health
  • Promote the art and science of Podiatric Medicine for both its members and the public at large through educational programs
  • Improve the professional welfare of its members
  • Advance the goals of the APMA on a local level
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We’re Advancing Podiatric Medicine

Podiatric Medicine is a field of medicine that strives to improve the overall health and well-being of patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with the foot and ankle. Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs) are physicians and surgeons who practice on the lower extremities, primarily on feet and ankles. The preparatory education of most DPMs includes four years of undergraduate work, followed by four years in an accredited podiatric medical school, followed by a hospital-based residency. DPMs are licensed in all 50 states and The District of Columbia to diagnose and treat the foot and its related or governing structures by medical, surgical or other means. The vast majority of states also include ankle care as part of the podiatric physician’s scope of practice.

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In addition to private practice, podiatrists serve on the staff of hospitals and long-term care facilities, on the faculties of schools of medicine, as commissioned officers in the Armed Forces and the U.S. Public Health Service, in the Department of Veterans Affairs, and in municipal health departments. Podiatrists may also be members of group medical practices. The skills of podiatric physicians are in increasing demand because disorders of the foot and ankle are among the most widespread and neglected health problems facing us today.

*Information provided by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).

Get Informed

Visit the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) for additional information regarding:

  • Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
  • Foot and Ankle Health Care Resources
  • Common Foot Ailments
  • Sports Medicine and Related Injuries
  • Self – Evaluation Tool
  • State and Professional Boards
  • Q & A, Tips, Upcoming Events, and more

*Information provided by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).

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