Why should you see an orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist?
ROSEMONT, Ill., Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Have a problem with a foot or ankle? Wondering where to turn? Check out the newest patient education video from the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) featuring Cherise Dyal, MD, of Wayne, N.J.
"As MDs and DOs, orthopaedic foot and ankle specialists are uniquely qualified to take care of not only your foot and ankle but you as a whole person in relationship to your foot or ankle problem," says Dyal.
Whether you're suffering from a chronic challenge such as diabetic foot or Achilles tendinitis, or a recent problem such as a sprained or broken ankle, orthopaedic foot and ankle specialists have the training and experience to care for you.
"Orthopaedic foot and ankle specialists have gone to medical school," Dyal explains in the AOFAS video. "So they're full medical doctors, and after rotating through all areas of medicine, they specialize in orthopaedics. Then they subspecialize and do fellowships solely focusing on the foot and ankle.
"So when you look at the training and career of an orthopaedic surgeon who specialized in foot and ankle," she continues, "you have someone who is a medical doctor, understands you as a whole patient, and can work with you and coordinate care with your other doctors."
If you're looking for an orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist in your area, use the AOFAS Find an Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon online tool. You can also visit FootCareMD.org, the patient education site of the AOFAS, to learn more about foot and ankle conditions and treatments.
About the AOFAS
The AOFAS promotes quality, ethical and cost-effective patient care through the education, research and training of orthopaedic surgeons and other health care providers. The Society creates public awareness for the prevention and treatment of foot and ankle disorders and serves as a resource for national and international health care communities.
About Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons are medical doctors (MD and DO) who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries of the foot and ankle. Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons use medical, physical and rehabilitative methods as well as surgery to treat patients of all ages. Relying on four years of medical school training, five years of post-graduate training and often a fellowship in orthopaedic foot and ankle care, orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons perform reconstructive procedures, treat sports injuries, and manage and treat trauma of the foot and ankle.
SOURCE American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society