Orthopaedic foot and ankle specialists are medical doctors (MD) who specialize in the diagnosis, care, and treatment of patients with disorders of the foot and ankle. This includes the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles tendons, nerves, and skin.
Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons use medical, physical, and rehabilitative methods as well as surgery to treat patients of all ages. They perform reconstructive procedures, treat sports injuries, and manage and treat trauma of the foot and ankle and can treat general orthopaedic problems as well.
Orthopedic Foot & Ankle surgeons have the following credentials:
- Completed four years of medical school - the curriculum covers basic and clinical sciences, surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine and all other medical specialties.
- Completed five years of accredited residency training in orthopaedic surgery
- Advanced fellowship training in foot & ankle surgery
- Satisfactory completion of the national medical licensing examination
- Continuing medical education credits over a specific time period
- Board certification through the American Board of Medical Examiners, specifically, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)
- Hold membership in other national organizations such as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS)
NOT ALL FOOT & ANKLE SPECIALISTS ARE THE SAME.
When choosing an Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle specialist, you can be assured that your doctor has met the highest standard of academic achievement and training available.
Be sure to ask your foot care specialist about:
- Medical school education
- Accredited residency training
- Areas of practice specialization
- Experience in your prescribed treatment (surgical and/or non-surgical)