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Diagnose and treat diseases and deformities of the human foot.

    Work Activities
    • Surgically treat conditions such as corns, calluses, ingrown nails, tumors, shortened tendons, bunions, cysts, or abscesses.
    • Diagnose diseases and deformities of the foot using medical histories, physical examinations, x-rays, and laboratory test results.
    • Prescribe medications, corrective devices, physical therapy, or surgery.
    • Advise patients about treatments and foot care techniques necessary for prevention of future problems.
    • Treat bone, muscle, and joint disorders affecting the feet and ankles.
    • Refer patients to physicians when symptoms indicative of systemic disorders, such as arthritis or diabetes, are observed in feet and legs.
    • Make and fit prosthetic appliances.
    • Correct deformities by means of plaster casts and strapping.
    • Perform administrative duties, such as hiring employees, ordering supplies, or keeping records.
    • Educate the public about the benefits of foot care through techniques such as speaking engagements, advertising, and other forums.
    • Treat deformities using mechanical methods, such as whirlpool or paraffin baths, and electrical methods, such as short wave and low voltage currents.
    Skills
    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge
    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $138,930/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $66.79/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 730
    • Yearly Projected Openings 40
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Initiative
    • Concern for Others
    • Persistence
    • Self Control
    Tools
    • Surgical scissors
    • Surgical curettes or loops
    • Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
    • Surgical chisels or gouges
    • Floor grade forceps or hemostats
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Medical software
    • Internet browser software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    Tags
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.