What Is The Difference Between An Orthopedic Surgeon and Podiatrist?

Dr. Travis Kemp, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in the foot and ankle, answers this question frequently. There are some key differences between podiatrists and an Orthopedic Surgeons that are important to understand when seeking treatment for your foot and ankle condition.

The most significant difference between a podiatrist and an Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon is the amount of education and training each professional completes. An Orthopedic Surgeon completes 4 years of medical school, a 5-year orthopedic surgery residency, in addition to another year of foot and ankle fellowship training for a total of 10 years of post-college education! An Orthopedic Surgeon is a Medical Doctor (MD), and has a better understanding of the whole body, therefore they have a deeper understanding of the impact other conditions can have on the foot or ankle.

In contrast podiatrists attend 4 years of podiatry school, then sometimes complete a brief 2 or 3 year residency a total of only 4 to 7 years of post-college education.  That is about half of the training that a medical doctor receives!  Due to the vast difference in training, Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons are more qualified to address all foot and ankle conditions no matter how big or small.

An Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon has the ability to treat all foot and ankle conditions, no matter how simple or complex.  They are not limited by scope of practice, hospital privileges, or education to treat patients. 

If you have a foot and ankle conditions that you want evaluated, call Allied Orthopedics for an appointment at 208-855-2410.  You deserve the best care for your foot and ankle.  Why risk seeing someone with half the training when you could see and Orthopedic Surgeon?  

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