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).