Why should I choose a fellowship trained Foot and Ankle Surgeon?
All orthopedic surgeons are fully qualified to medically and surgically treat the vast majority of musculoskeletal conditions. All of our orthopedic surgeons have at least five years of residency training after obtaining their medical degree. For our
foot and ankle specialists, they take an additional year of intensive post-residency training solely devoted to treating conditions of the foot and ankle. What that means for a patient is that they will see more foot and ankle cases than a typical
orthopedic or podiatric surgeon, translating into prompt diagnosis, the highest expertise in treatment and excellent quality across the breadth of foot and ankle conditions.
Should I see an Orthopedic Surgeon or a Podiatrist?
UTMB offers comprehensive foot and ankle care, including access to both orthopedic surgeons that are fellowship trained in foot and ankle surgery as well as podiatrists. Orthopedic surgeons tend to be more involved in the musculoskeletal functions of
the body (including joints, ligaments, tendons, bones, and muscles). Orthopedic surgeons can correct congenital or functional disorders through surgical or non-surgical means. Podiatrists are trained specifically in the care and medical treatment
of foot disorders. Within our department, they are the specialists for nail care, corns, and diabetic foot ulcers. As a comprehensive academic medical center, patients can rest assured that our UTMB orthopedics faculty and providers work as a team
to get you the highest quality and best care.
What should I expect during my visit?
During your first visit, our fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons will take a comprehensive history and examine your foot and ankle for signs of injury or deformity. Based upon our evidence-based protocols, sometimes physical examination is all that
is needed for a diagnosis. Other times, imaging such as an X-ray or MRI may be ordered to help with a diagnosis. After a diagnosis, your surgeon will work with you to tailor a treatment plan, which may include medications, injections, orthotics, physical
therapy or surgery.