The doctors and staff of The Foot and Ankle Institute of San Francisco provide comprehensive care of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. Our practice philosophy emphasizes both conservative and surgical care, with all conservative options being exhausted prior to surgical intervention.
Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeons are Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs) who specialize both medically and surgically in the diagnosis, care, and treatment of patients with disorders of the musculoskeletal system of the foot and ankle and associated structures.
This includes the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles tendons, nerves, and skin. Podiatric foot and ankle surgeons use medical, physical, and rehabilitative methods as well as surgery to treat patients of all ages.
The highly qualified foot and ankle surgeons of the Institute consult with a variety of specialists in the fields of renal/endocrine, rheumatology, pediatrics, vascular, orthopedics, and plastic surgery, to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for patients.
All our staff has completed surgical residency programs in different parts of the country, bringing their expertise in elective, reconstructive and traumatic surgery. Other areas of expertise include sports related injuries, pediatric deformities and surgery (flatfoot, club foot, etc.), rheumatoid surgery, and diabetic limb salvage with charcot reconstruction.
Podiatric medical school curriculum and post-graduate training provides the solid clinical background necessary to recognize medical problems, admit patients to a hospital when necessary, and contribute significantly to the coordination of care appropriate for each patient.
Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeons have the following credentials:
- Completed four years of podiatric medical school. The curriculum covers basic and clinical sciences, surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine and all other medical specialties.
- Completed three years of accredited graduate medical education (residency training) focused on podiatric medicine and surgery
- Many podiatric foot and ankle surgeons also complete advanced fellowship training in foot and ankle surgery.
- Satisfactory completion of the state and national podiatric medical licensing examination
- Continuing medical education credits over a specific time period.
- Board certification: Certified by or eligible for examination and certification by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery or the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Medicine
- Each member holds membership in the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
When selecting a medical provider to care for your foot and ankle, be sure to ask about:
- Medical school education
- Accredited residency training
- Areas of practice specialization
- Experience in your prescribed treatment (surgical and/or non-surgical)