About Us

The Tennessee Podiatric Medical Association (TPMA) is the professional organization representing the Tennessee's Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (podiatrists). The TPMA represents approximately 150 podiatrists in the state of Tennessee. The TPMA functions within APMA's umbrella of organizations which include 53 component societies in states and other jurisdictions, as well as 22 affiliated and related societies.

Tip: The American Podiatric Medical Association says the average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day. Those cover several miles, and they all add up to about 115,000 miles in a lifetime -- more than four times the circumference of the globe.

APMA's Council on Podiatric Medical Education is the body designated by the US Department of Education to accredit the nation's podiatric medical schools. In addition, the Council has the responsibility to accredit residency programs and continuing medical education programs. The Council recognizes certifying boards within podiatric medicine which meet its standards.

APMA's Fund For Podiatric Medical Education is a charitable organization dedicated to providing scholarships for podiatric medical students. Its Foot Health Foundation of America is a charitable/educational organization which is dedicated to providing information on foot health issues to the public and to promoting better foot health.

APMA provides foot health information to the public in a number of ways, including through its toll free number, l-800-FOOTCARE. There are more than three dozen different foot health brochures available at no charge. APMA has also initiated an Internet web site to provide information to the public, www.apma.org.

Tip: There are times when you're walking that the pressure on your feet exceeds your body weight, and when you're running, it can be three or four times your weight.


Doctors of Podiatric Medicine are physicians and surgeons who practice on the lower extremities, primarily on feet and ankles. The preparatory education of most DPMs includes four years of undergraduate work, followed by four years in an accredited podiatric medical school, followed by a residency.

APMA's national headquarters is in Bethesda, Maryland. Its staff of 57 professionals are dedicated to promoting foot and ankle health, to member service, and to professional excellence.