The Foot & Ankle
The Foot and Ankle Team at New England Orthopedic Surgeons brings together a group of dedicated and highly trained physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and support staff to diagnose and treat all comditions of the foot and ankle.
Our physicians and staff provide comprehensive and specialized care for conditions caused by sports related injuries, fractures, deformities, congenital defects, nerve imbalance, and disease processes such as arthrities. By getting treatment as early as possible in our state-of-the-art facility, patients can be assured of the very best care.
Diagnostic and treatment regimens include the latest advancements in minimally invasive and arthroscopic surgical procedures, permitting the correction of many conditions in an outpatient setting while reducing the need and inconvenience of a hospital stay.
The Difference Between a Podiatrist and an Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon
The simplest way to make an important distinction between a podiatric surgeon and an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon is to clarify that an orthopedic surgeon has a Medical Degree (M.D.) and training that encompasses both orthopedic residency and an optional year of fellowship training specific to foot and ankle surgery.
A podiatrist may also be termed a doctor, but has received training in podiatric school, and is licensed as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.), not an M.D.
Foot and Ankle surgery is a sub-specialty of orthopedics and podiatry that deals with the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of disorders of the foot and ankle. The typical training of an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon consist of four years of college, four years of medical school, one year surgical internship, 5 years of orthopedic residency training and an additional 1 year fellowship in foot and ankle surgery.
Training for a podiatric foot and ankle surgeon consists of four years of college, four years of podiatric school and 3-4 years of a surgical residency. Some residencies provide significant exposure to hindfoot (ankle) training, and some do not. Some podiatrists follow with an optional 1 year fellowship in foot and ankle trauma or diabetic limb salvage.
Currently in the state of Massachusetts, the scope of podiatric surgical practice is regulated and restricted to only care of the midfoot and forefoot - "below the ankle".