Patients are constantly 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 up to a 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 United States 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. Karpati graduated from Barry University in Miami, Florida. 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 in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Pruner attended Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philideliphia, Pennsylvania. 

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, contact us to request an appointment. If you are out of town, you can find a great podiatric foot and ankle surgeon at

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Podiatrist Office 02/12/2012 08:53 AM
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Podiatrist 08/02/2012 12:59 PM
Many don't know how extensive a podiatrists services can be. Most think of an ankle doctor as the guy that prescribes insoles and better shoes. But there are a lot of reasons for surgery and operations on the feet. After all, the human foot takes a beating pretty much every single day.
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