It seems I might have overemphasized my feelings regarding prestige and podiatry. These are things I think about, but it's not significant enough to deter me from the field or make me feel bad about my possible choice. I would hope these thoughts I have aren't unique to me. The idea of prestige has sparked some good conversations here that are making me reevaluate my definition of the word. Certainly it's helping me make a decision that is truly right for me by identifying outside influences that should be kept to a minimum.
I'll continue to research osteopathic medicine because I don't know nearly enough as of today.
And to G0dFather, why are you suggesting DO? You're actually a pod student so I'm curious to your reasoning.