For a list of recommend shoes go to the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine website http://www.aapsm.org/crishoe.html

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TRAINING AND COMPETENCE


Education and Training

Your foot and ankle are complex structures that merit a practitioner specially trained in their care. Podiatric education requires doctorate level training at a medical school, followed by 2-3 year residency training to obtain further clinical and surgical experience. This amounts to an average of 10-11 years of formal education.

Board Certification

Competency of your doctor is also important. Beyond the standard training required to obtain a license there is a higher standard to assure further proficiency and expertise. This is surgical board certification.

The first step in certification requires passing written tests. The surgeon then submits a list of diverse cases for review from professional peers. Once this list is accepted and several selected cases are reviewed the surgeon is accepted for oral examination. Oral examination involves three days of testing utilizing several case scenarios before professional peer evaluators. To ensure the board-certified surgeon remains proficient and abreast of new research they must participate in continuing medical education activities annually and must re-certify every 10 years. This is a rigorous and extensive certification process and places the physician at the cutting edge. Those doctors of podiatric medicine who are board-certified in foot and ankle surgery qualify as Fellows of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (FACFAS).

A podiatrist, also called a doctor of podiatric medicine, is a specialist who provides medical diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems, such as bunions, heel pain, spurs, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown toenails, warts, corns and calluses. A podiatrist also renders care of sprains, fractures, infections, and injuries of the foot, ankle and heel. In addition to undergraduate medical school training, podiatrists also attend graduate school for a doctorate degree in podiatry. Podiatrists are required to take state and national exams, as well as be licensed by the state in which they practice.

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, there are an estimated 15,000 practicing podiatrists in the United States. Podiatrists are in demand more than ever today because of a rapidly aging population. In addition, according to the association, foot disorders are among the most widespread and neglected health problems affecting people in this country.

Typically, podiatrists:

  • Consult with patients and other physicians on how to prevent foot problems.
     
  • Diagnose and treat tumors, ulcers, fractures, skin and nail diseases, and deformities.
     
  • Perform surgeries to correct or remedy such problems as bunions, clawtoes, fractures, hammertoes, infections, ruptured Achilles, and other ligaments and tendons.
     
  • Prescribe therapies and perform diagnostic procedures such as ultrasound and lab tests.
     
  • Prescribe or fits patients with inserts called orthotics that correct walking patterns.
     
  • Treat conditions such as: bone disorders, bunions, corns, calluses, cysts, heel spurs, infections, ingrown nails, and plantar fasciitis.