Foot and Ankle Specialists in San Antonio, TX
The Foot and Ankle Institute at The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group has assembled a team of specialists, including board certified orthopedic surgeons – fellowship trained in conditions of the foot, ankle, and lower leg – and board certified podiatrists to offer comprehensive medical and surgical treatment of foot and ankle conditions for patients of all ages. Read on to learn about the different specialties and specialists available to you.
Orthopaedic Surgeon vs Podiatrist
The choice of which kind of doctor to see for your foot and ankle concerns is largely a matter of personal preference and choosing the doctor with whom you feel most comfortable. Though both kinds of specialists treat many of the same conditions, their training is different.
Our orthopedic foot and ankle specialists have completed:
- 4 years of medical school (to become an M.D. or a D.O.)
- 5 years of residency in orthopedic surgery
- At least 1 additional year of fellowship training in conditions of the foot, ankle, and lower leg
Our podiatric specialists have completed:
- 4 years of podiatric medical school (to become a D.P.M.)
- 3 years of residency in podiatric medicine
Whichever specialty you decide to consult, if you are considering surgery, you should ask questions to make sure your doctor has had training and experience in performing the procedure you need.