Podiatric Surgeons: What You Need to Know

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From sports injuries to illnesses, podiatric surgeons effectively treat all needs of the foot and ankle. In fact, there are currently 15,000 podiatric surgeons practicing in the U.S. that specialize in these complex structures. But is a podiatric surgeon the right choice for you and your condition? Let’s find out …

What is a podiatric surgeon, exactly?

A podiatric surgeon—also known as a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM)—is a surgeon who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the foot, ankle and other related structures within the lower limb area. Areas of surgical treatment include deformity corrections, trauma care, diabetic care and sports medicine.

What kind of schooling do podiatric surgeons receive?

Podiatrists complete four years of post-graduate training in a podiatric medical school and three years of hospital residency training. Podiatrists can specialize in many fields, including surgery, sports medicine, wounds and diabetic care. Some surgeons may have also completed an additional one-year fellowship in a subspecialty, such as limb salvage or sports medicine.

In short, the training is similar to that of other surgeons but specifically focused on the foot and ankle.

Are podiatric surgeons board certified?

Podiatric surgeons can be board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS) or the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM). Prior to taking the exam, they require advanced clinical training and hands-on experience.

How do I know if I should see a podiatric surgeon instead of another surgeon for my foot or ankle condition?

The foot and ankle are very complex parts of the body with 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. Podiatric surgeons undergo more extensive training than any other healthcare provider for the foot and ankle and specialize in treating simple to complex conditions.


Meet Our Specialists

 At Essex Union Podiatry (EUP), Drs. Galante, Haller and Kaplan are all board certified podiatric surgeons with years of specialized training in surgical and non-surgical treatments that include:

As a practice, we are committed to delivering a personalized and superior quality of care for patients of all ages and activity levels by offering this extensive list of procedures not found in many other podiatry practices.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, contact us today.