What is Board Certification?

 

Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) are the only health care professional whose total training focuses on the foot, ankle and related body systems. The podiatric physician cares for people of all ages. Common disorders treated include foot and ankle pain; fractures, sprains and dislocations; infections and injuries of the foot and ankle; biomechanical  abnormalities; structural problems including bunions, heel pain/spurs, hammertoes; neuromas, tumors, diabetic neuropathy; nail problems; dermatological problems of the foot and ankle, plantar warts, corns, calluses, diabetic foot care and wound management. 

If your podiatric surgeon is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery he or she has successfully completed a credentialing and examination process and has demonstrated knowledge of foot and ankle surgery. This includes the diagnosis of general medical problems and surgical management of foot diseases, deformities, and trauma of the foot, ankle and related structures. Foot and ankle surgeons are the surgical specialists of the podiatric profession. 


Foot and ankle surgeons provide comprehensive medical and surgical care for a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including common to complex disorders and injuries that affect people of all ages.


ABFAS members are uniquely qualified to detect the early stages of diseases that exhibit warning signs in the lower extremities, such as diabetes, arthritis and cardiovascular disease, and manage foot conditions which may pose an ongoing threat to a patient's overall health.