The Orthopaedic Distinction
Orthopaedics is the medical specialty that focuses on disease and injuries of the musculoskeletal system. This complex system includes bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves, allowing you to move, work and be active.
Orthopaedic Surgeons with advanced training in complex Foot & Ankle Reconstruction are medical doctors (MDs) who sub-specialize in the diagnosis, care, and treatment of patients with disorders in the musculoskeletal system of the lower extremity.
Medical, physical, and rehabilitative methods, as well as surgery may be used to treat patients with foot, ankle and lower extremity problems. Painful toe deformities, sports injuries, reconstructive surgery, and traumatic injuries all fall within the realm of the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon.
The intense medical school curriculum, followed by post-graduate training dedicated exclusively to Orthopaedic Bone & Joint care provides the solid clinical background necessary to identify medical and/or surgical problems, admit patients to the hospital when necessary, and contribute significantly to the care appropriate for the individual.
Education & Experience
The core of the Orthopaedic Difference exists in the amount of education and "hands on" medical/surgical experience.
4 years of Medical School
5 years of dedicated Orthopaedic Bone & Joint Surgical Experience
1 year of focused Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Reconstruction*
*The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Reconstruction year typically involves some of the most challenging and complex surgical cases seen in a particular region. These cases may range from the surgical correction of complex toe-overlapping bunions and grossly deformed rheumatoid feet to severe post-traumatic arthritis. This year may also involve the foot and ankle care of professional, amateur and collegiate athletes.