Defining the Specialty

Foot and ankle surgeons are the surgical specialists of the podiatric profession. They provide comprehensive medical and surgical care for a wide spectrum of common to complex foot and ankle disorders and injuries that affect people of all ages.

Uniquely qualified to detect the early stages of diseases that exhibit warning signs in the lower extremities, such as diabetes, arthritis and cardiovascular disease, foot and ankle surgeons manage foot conditions that which may pose an ongoing threat to a patient’s overall health. They focus on preventive care to provide patients the highest level of comprehensive care of the lower extremity.

These highly-skilled surgeons perform every type of foot and ankle surgery from the simple to the very complex, including forefoot and trauma surgery, reconstructive surgery, and limb salvage. They have completed a rigorous educational process, earning the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree followed by a surgical residency.

Post-residency, the foot and ankle surgeon may begin the intensive process leading to certification by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, which includes completion of a case list requiring a diverse range of foot and ankle surgical procedures, and successful completion an extensive two-part certification process, in addition to submitting surgical case logs.

All Fellows of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons are certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.