The biggest thing about allo/osteo is that you have the option of choosing what specialty's residency you want to pursue. Few people will end up in the exact specialty they thought they would (unless they do well enough to be competitive for the one they want). If you want to do orthopedic surgery (which I suppose is the specialty that shares the most in common with podiatry) then you better be a rockstar in DO school and kill your boards because it's a very hard track to land, especially as a DO (vs an MD student). Obviously with podiatry you'll be locked in to podiatry and you can't change your mind midway if you want to be another type of doctor. You don't want to decide halfway through school that you really want to be an Internal Medicine doc or a Pediatrician. Best to get those doubts out of your system now.
As far as osteopathy....lettuce be real: you will learn osteopathic manipulation methods (OMM) in your first two years of DO school, then you will most likely not use it again during residency and beyond. So in the long term, that difference is not really something to worry about.
Last edited by amaprez; 03-03-2012 at 05:58 PM.