Did you know there are 28 bones in your foot and ankle? That’s a full quarter of all your bones in your feet! Not to mention there are dozens of joints and more than 100 muscles, ligaments and tendons. All of this is to say that when you have pain, you need a foot and ankle specialist, known as a podiatrist.
Podiatrists are physicians, but instead of seeing the initials “MD” after your doctor’s name, you will see the initials DPM. This stands for Doctor of Podiatric Medicine – an important area of specialty focused on feet and ankles. What’s the difference between an MD and a DPM?
A medical doctor might be trained to diagnose or treat an array of medical problems, podiatrists are specifically trained in comprehensive medical and surgical treatment of the foot and ankle.
It goes without saying that keeping your feet and ankles healthy and pain free is essential for everyday activities, and as complex as those joints are, it’s essential to find a podiatrist that really knows their stuff.
Advanced Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists is proud to have two board certified doctors of podiatric medicine who are at the top of the foot and ankle specialty. They treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions including Achilles tendon injuries, all fractures of the foot and ankle, plantar fasciitis, bunions, arthritic conditions and many other foot and ankle problems. Our physicians also specialize in total ankle replacement, arthroscopy and complex reconstruction of the foot and ankle.