Podiatric surgeons and orthopedic surgeons perform many of the same foot and ankle procedures and are both trained to treat foot and ankle conditions surgically and non-surgically.
A podiatric surgeon, or doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), is a comprehensive foot and ankle physician and surgeon. They have completed four years of undergraduate school, followed by four years at a certified podiatry school, followed by three to four years of surgical residency in podiatric foot and ankle care.
An orthopedic surgeon is a medical doctor (either MD or DO) and surgeon who specializes in the musculoskeletal system, which includes bones and joints throughout the entire body. They have completed four years of undergraduate school, four years at an accredited medical school, and five years of general orthopedic surgical residency training. Summit Health orthopedic surgeons complete one additional year of fellowship in foot and ankle disorders and reconstruction.
How do you know who to choose?
Seeing the right professional for your specific condition is important. All Summit Health podiatric surgeons and orthopedic surgeons are highly trained and qualified to treat most injuries and diseases that affect the musculoskeletal system. But we want you to be confident in your choice. If you are unsure which specialist to consult, call the office to speak to a trusted team member who can guide you in this decision-making process.