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RRM Category: Ambulatory Clinics



Podiatry is a branch of medicine devoted to the study, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle, and lower leg.

Services Description

Podiatrists treat corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, bunions, heel spurs and arch problems, ankle and foot injuries, deformities and infections and foot complaints associated with diabetes and other peripheral neuropathic diseases. To treat these problems, the podiatrist prescribes drugs and physical therapy, sets fractures, and in some cases perform surgery. They also fit corrective shoe inserts called orthotics, design plaster cases and strapping to correct deformities and design custom made shoes. To diagnosis a foot problem podiatrists also order x-rays and laboratory tests. The foot may be the first area to show signs of serious conditions such as arthritis, diabetes and heart disease. Podiatrists consult with/and refer patients to other health practitioners when they detect symptoms of these and other disorders. The driver used to determine the staff for podiatry is total podiatry provider visits (POPV’s) which determine the number of podiatrists needed and support staff, which vary slightly by whether the unit is a stand-alone or part of surgery specialty care unit.

Staffing Criteria

Podiatrist per POPV’s
Podiatrist Assistant per POPV’s
Nurse RN per POPV’s
Medical Assistant per POPV’s
Clerical per POPV’s
Receptionist per POPV’s
Wound Care per POPV’s


Staffing Formulae

The Number of Podiatry Provider Visits determines the number of staff

Personnel Categories:

Podiatrist Assistant
Nurse, RN
Wound Care

Driving Variables:

Podiatry Provider Visits (POPV)
Practice as stand alone or with specialty care


Personnel Category FTE Per POPV FTE Per POPV FTEs Per POPV FTE Per POPV
Podiatrist 1 Part of 2 alone 3 alone 4 alone
Podiatrist Assistant 1 Primary Care 2 4655 to 3 7741 to 4 10838 to
Nurse RN   2167 to 1 7740 1 10837 1 13933
Clerical .25 4644 .5 With surgery .5 With surgery 1 With surgery
Receptionist .25   .5 4365 1 7276 to 1 10186 to
Wound Care       7275 .5 10185 1 13095
Podiatrist 5 alone 6 alone 7 alone
Podiatrist Assistant 5 13934 to 6 17030 to 7 20125 to
Nurse RN 2 17029 2 20125 2 23220
Clerical 1 With surgery 2 With surgery 1 With surgery
Receptionist 1 13096 to 1 16005 to 1 18916 to
Wound Care 1 16005 1 18915 1 21825