I must admit, I know very little about podiatrists. But Ill tell you what I do know......I was *this* close to having an ingrown toenail the other day. And if I had not performed miraculous surgery on myself, I would have gone straight to a podiatrist. No hesitation. My point? I have no idea....I guess Im just glad there are podiatrists out there for when the surgery I perform on myself isnt so "miraculous".