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History of PPMA

The Pennsylvania Podiatric Medical Association (PPMA) currently represents more than 875 Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (or podiatrists) across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PPMA started in 1909 in order to stop an objectionable legislative bill proposed to regulate all phases of healthcare practice, which included a clause to eliminate the practice of chiropody.

The profession had to come together and raise funds and obtain the legal advice to stop that bill. Their collective efforts proved successful and brought about a charter for a much needed state organization, the Chiropody Society of Pennsylvania, on November 1, 1909.

Out of 325 men and women practicing chiropody in the Keystone State at that time, it was 42 practitioners who responded to the solicitation for funds to keep their profession alive in Pennsylvania. It still proves today, as PPMA celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2009, that there is and always has been “strength in numbers.”

Once a doctor joins PPMA, he or she automatically becomes a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association or APMA. For more information about PPMA membership, call the PPMA office at 1-800-841-3668, x213.



Its parent organization is the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), the premier professional organization representing the nation's podiatrists. APMA began in 1912 as the National Association of Chiropodists. However, it traces its roots to the New York Pedic Society, which began in 1895.

APMA represents approximately 80 percent of the podiatrists in the country. Within APMA's umbrella of organizations are 53 component societies in states and other jurisdictions, as well as 22 affiliated and related societies.

APMA's Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) 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 (such as the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine) within podiatric medicine that meet its standards.

APMA provides foot health information to the public in a number of ways, including through its toll free number, 1-800-FOOTCARE. There are more than three dozen different foot health brochures available at no charge. APMA also has an Internet Website to provide information to the public (

APMA's national headquarters is in Bethesda, Maryland. Its staff of 50+ professionals are dedicated to promoting foot and ankle health, to member service, and to professional excellence.