Frequently Asked Questions

About the Show

Have a question about the TV show My Feet Are Killing Me? Dr. Ebonie does her best to answer your questions here. If you have a question that you don’t see here, make sure and submit your question, and we will do our best to answer it.

What is the TV series about?

Discovery-owned pay TV channel TLC is set to premiere the nine-part series My Feet Are Killing Me, which follows podiatrists and surgeons Ebonie Vincent and Brad Schaeffer.

Patients of Dr. Vincent and Dr. Schaeffer undergo surgery to have their feet radically transformed and their lives changed forever.

Each hour-long episode follows three patients who turn to the doctors to fix their unusual foot conditions, including a paranormal romance novelist who hopes to get her sixth toe amputated, an athlete with dramatically different sized feet, a nudist with severe fungus and a toddler born with 12 toes, among others.


When and where does it air?

My Feet Are Killing Me premieres Jan. 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on TLC. Then the remaining 8 episodes will air every Thursday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on TLC.

Can I watch it if I don't have cable?

Yes.  Visit the TLC Show page for the latest episodes to watch on demand. You can also search YouTube

Can I apply to be on the show?

Do you have the worst feet in America? Are your feet deformed,  damaged, disfigured and disgusting? Are you embarrassed by your feet? Have you neglected your foot issues and now they are out of control? We want to help.  You can email the producers of the show with your name, photo of your foot issue, your contact info and wait to hear back.  Good luck!

About Podiatry

Podiatrists are specialists, medically and surgically trained to treat the foot and ankle. From sports injuries and diabetes complications to pediatric deformities and heel pain, podiatrists are able to tackle all of your foot care needs. Licensed in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, there are approximately 18,000 podiatrists practicing in the United States. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about podiatrists.

What is the difference between a podiatrist, podiatric physician, and podiatric surgeon?

Podiatrists, podiatric physicians, and podiatric surgeons are all terms used to describe doctors of podiatric medicine (DPMs).  All are uniquely qualified among medical professionals to treat the foot and ankle based on their education, training, and experience. The amount and type of surgical procedures performed by podiatrists may vary based on each individual’s training and experience and personal choice within their practice.

What type of medical education do DPMs receive?

DPMs receive medical education and training comparable to medical doctors or doctors of osteopathic medicine, including four years of undergraduate education, four years of graduate education at one of nine podiatric medical colleges, and two or three years of hospital-based post-graduate residency training.

Do podiatrists accept health insurance?

Foot and ankle services provided by podiatrists are usually covered by health insurance plans and most podiatrists participate in private and public health insurance plans. However, not all podiatrists accept all insurance plans. To find out if your health insurance plan is accepted, contact the podiatrist’s office in advance. Also, check with your health insurance company regarding the foot and ankle services covered under your plan.

Are podiatrists restricted to treating the foot and ankle only?

Although a podiatrist’s scope of practice can vary from state to state, all states permit treatment of the foot, while 44 states also permit treatment at or above the ankle.