Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) are the only health care professional whose total training focuses on the foot, ankle and related body systems. The podiatric physician cares for people of all ages. Common disorders treated include foot and ankle pain; fractures, sprains and dislocations; infections and injuries of the foot and ankle; biomechanical abnormalities; structural problems including bunions,heel pain/spurs,hammertoes; neuromas,diabetic neuropathy;nail problems; plantar warts, corns, calluses and diabetic foot care and wound management.
If your podiatric surgeon is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, he or she has successfully completed a credentialing and examination process and has demonstrated knowledge of podiatric surgery. This includes the diagnosis of general medical problems and surgical management of foot diseases, deformities, and trauma of the foot, ankle and related structures. Foot and ankle surgeons are the surgical specialists of the podiatric profession. Following their undergraduate education, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeon (ACFAS) members graduate from accredited U.S. podiatric medical schools and complete surgical residency programs of up to four years. Fellows of the College are certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, the board for foot and ankle surgery recognized by the Joint Committee on the Recognition of Specialty Boards. Many have additional fellowship training in various aspects of foot and ankle surgery.
Foot and ankle surgeons provide comprehensive medical and surgical care for a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including common to complex disorders and injuries that affect people of all ages.
ACFAS members are uniquely qualified to detect the early stages of diseases that exhibit warning signs in the lower extremities, such as diabetes, arthritis and cardiovascular disease, and manage foot conditions which may pose an ongoing threat to a patient's overall health.