When to see a Foot & Ankle Specialist?
Have you ever wondered, when should you see a foot and ankle surgeon? In a nutshell, if you’re experiencing pain or have a problem in your foot, heel, or ankle, it’s important to see an expert in this field—a foot and ankle surgeon. But you might be wondering: What exactly is a foot and ankle surgeon? And how do you know when it’s time to make an appointment?
What Is a Foot and Ankle Surgeon?
Foot and ankle surgeons are the surgical specialists of the podiatric profession. They provide complete medical and surgical care for a wide variety of conditions—from sudden injuries to chronic disorders—that can affect people of every age.
Foot and ankle surgeons are highly educated and trained in their field. After earning a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree from a 4-year podiatric medical school, they undergo an intensive postgraduate residency in podiatric medicine and surgery. These residencies, which usually take 3 years, are similar to those for MDs and DOs. The big difference is that DPMs handle a higher volume of cases involving foot and ankle problems, giving them special expertise in this part of the body.