A podiatrist is a foot and ankle specialist.

History of Podiatry

Podiatry, initially known as chiropody, first became a recognized profession in the United States in 1895. Chiropody is the diagnosis and treatment of disease of the feet. The first podiatric society originated in our home state of New York. Since then the profession has grown and changed significantly over the years.

Schooling to become a Podiatrist

Podiatric schooling is a lengthy process. Following 4 years of undergraduate education, all podiatrists receive 4 additional years of doctorate training. There are currently only 9 schools in the United States that offer a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.), degree. During this time each student must pass 3 board examinations (one of which is their licensing exam). Next is the stressful period known as “match.” After doing several external rotations, each student applies to and matches at a hospital-based residency program. As podiatry evolved as a profession, residency programs have changed from just one additional year of training to a mandatory three years. Some programs even require 4 years. During this time, each podiatrist will train under established physicians until they graduate and are ready to practice on their own.

Why Podiatry?

Podiatry is a unique field where all physicians  are medically, as well as surgically, trained. It allows the doctor to specialize from day one of school and provide a holistic treatment approach for their patients. In a typical day I will treat anything from a dermatology infection, to a sports medicine injury, to an elective bunion surgery. Although we do still heavily refer patients to other specialists when necessary, we can act as the dermatologist, the neurologist, the physical therapist, and many other specialties, as long as they pertain to the foot.healthcare

What we treat

If you are experiencing any foot pain, call Hollowbrook Foot Specialists today at (845) 298-9074, for an appointment. We are serving the Hudson Valley from Wappingers Falls.

By: Samantha DelRegno D.P.M.


Your Top-Rated & New Favorite Podiatrist In Wappingers Falls, NY

Always arrive to a pleasant cheerful staff! They make you feel welcome and get you situated quickly! The Doctor is friendly and makes your feet feel great! I travel a bit to get to this office, but it is so worth it! The staff is always helpful and customizes my appointments to my needs!

- Bob D.

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GREAT EXPERIENCE!!!! Very nice, friendly, and thorough doctor. Wonderful staff too! Very clean office. They fit me into there schedule the same day. They recognized my issue right away and got me out of discomfort painlessly.

- Jordan C.

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You will not find a better podiatrist than Dr. Schlam. I have been seeing him for over twenty years and he has been a godsend for my foot pain. If only I could give six stars...

- John M.

john 5 star review

Great experience. They got my son in as soon as possible as made sure his foot was ok. Will definitely use them again!

- Irene T.

irene 5 star review

The best health care experience. The staff and nurses are super friendly and Dr. Schlam is very good. I highly recommend Hollowbrook Foot Specialists.

- Bob D.

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Our Wappingers Falls
Podiatry Office
89 E. Main Street
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Phone: 845-298-9074

Office Hours:
Monday: 9am - 7pm
Tuesday: 8:30am -7pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 5pm
Friday: 9am - 4pm
Saturday: 9am - 1pm (By Appointment Only)

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Our Wappingers Falls
Podiatry Office
89 E. Main Street
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Phone: 845-298-9074

Office Hours:
Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
Thursday: 9am - 5pm
Friday: 9am - 4pm

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