Which Specialist Should I See?
Orthopaedic Surgeon or Podiatrist?
Both Orthopaedic Surgeons and Podiatrists have extensive training and expertise in the management and treatment of foot disorders. There are a few differences that you should be aware of, so that you can discuss with your doctor about making an appointment with the appropriate specialist.
Training & Education
A Podiatrist receives specialized training from a school that concentrates on the treatment of the foot. Much like a dentist goes to dentistry school, a podiatrist goes to podiatry school. Upon completion of podiatry school a DPM or “Doctor of Podiatric Medicine” is earned.
The podiatrists within the BC Foot and Ankle Specialist group have expertise in the following areas:
- undiagnosed foot pain
- forefoot surgery
- diabetes related problems including ulcers and infections
An Orthopaedic Surgeon has completed a general medical degree and earned the credentials of a Doctor of Medicine. To become a surgeon, they complete an orthopaedic residency program. The program provides training in many areas such as trauma, sports medicine, reconstructive surgery and covers all regions of the body:
- foot and ankle surgery
A “sub-specialist” is a surgeon who has obtained further training (“Fellowship”) in one particular region of the body. Several BCFAS physicians are sub-specialists in the area of foot and ankle surgery. Although they are trained to treat fractures and disorders throughout the entire body, they have particular expertise in the following areas:
- ankle arthritis
- trauma and problems caused by injury
- sports medicine and arthroscopy of the foot and ankle
- flat foot and high arch reconstruction
- paralysis reconstruction
- congenital deformity reconstruction