Patient are constatntly asking, "What exactly is a podiatric foot and ankle surgeon?" and "How is this different than a regular orthopedic surgeon?" The simple answer is a different degree. The complicated answer is that a podiatric surgeon is a podiatrist who has completed a two, three or even four year residency program, focused on surgery for the foot and ankle, after completing their Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree.
There are an estimated 15,000 podiatrists practicing in the US today. Of this 15,000, a little more than half are considered podiatric foot and ankle surgeons. All podiatrists have a four year undergraduate degree followed by four more years of graduate school to receive a DPM degree from an accredited School of Podiatric Medicine. Dr Crane and Dr Karpati graduated from Barry University in Miami. Dr. Steinke and Dr. Stickney attended the Scholl School of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Bliss attended the Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine, and Dr. Arya attended the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine.
Podiatric foot and ankle surgeons look at your foot and ankle slightly differently than most orthopedic surgeons. We focus on the functional foot as a part of a dynamic biomechanical animal. In other words, we tend to not have tunnel vision; understanding that the function of your foot affects your whole body.
If you are suffering from foot and ankle troubles, you are well served by a board-certified, podiatric foot and ankle surgeon. If you live in the DFW area, feel free to contact us. If you are out of town, you can fins a good podiatric foot and ankle surgeon at www.footphysicians.com.