Delegation to Other Licensed Professionals

Law, rules and regulations, not Guidelines, specify the requirements for practice and violating them constitutes professional misconduct. Not adhering to this Guideline may be interpreted as professional misconduct only if the conduct also violates pertinent law, rules and regulations, some citations of which are listed at the end of this Guideline.

  • A licensed podiatrist may refer a patient to another licensed professional for treatment of the foot. A referral to a physical therapist, for example, is restricted to the foot and not the ankle or other parts of the human leg.
  • The licensed podiatrist who is treating a patient for a foot condition, e.g., ulcers that are related to a systemic illness or condition, such as diabetes, may only treat the foot. The patient should be referred to the appropriate medical professional for diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of the systemic condition or illness.

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Citations of Pertinent Law, Rules or Regulations:

  • Education Law, section 6509(2) - practicing beyond the scope
  • Education Law, section 7001 - definition of podiatry
  • Regents Rules, part 29.1(b)(9) - practicing or offering to practice beyond the authorized scope
  • Regents Rules, part 29.2(a)(3) - record of treatment and evaluation
  • Regents Rules, part 29.1(b)(9) - practicing beyond competency
Last Updated: June 11, 2009