For a list of recommend shoes go to the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine website

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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).

  1. Don't ignore foot pain. It is not normal. If you experience any type of persistent pain in the foot or ankle, please contact our office.
  2. Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in color and temperature. Look for thick or discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus), and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the soles of feet may indicate Athlete's Foot. Any growth on the foot is not considered normal.
  3. Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry them completely.
  4. Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut nails in corners or on the sides; this can lead to ingrown toenails. Persons with diabetes, poor circulation, or heart problems should not treat their own feet, because they are more prone to infection.
  5. Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Purchase new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest, and replace worn out shoes as soon as possible.
  6. Select and wear the right shoe for each sport or activity that you are engaged in (e.g., running shoes for running).
  7. Alternate shoes—don't wear the same pair of shoes every day.
  8. Avoid walking barefooted. Your feet will be more prone to injury and infection. At the beach or when wearing sandals always use sunblock on your feet.
  9. Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments. Self-treatment may turn a minor problem into a major one.
  10. If you are a diabetic, please contact our office and schedule a check-up at least once a year.