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How is a podiatrist and a orthopedic surgeon who specializes in foot & ankle surgery different?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
See below: An orthopedist is an md who does an orthopedic residency and then a fellowship for 6-12 months of the foot. A podiatrist is a dpm who does a residency in foot and ankle surgery for 2-3 years.
Dr. Vadim Glukh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
On average...: A podiatrist has been specializing in feet and ankles all their time in training (mandatory 3 years of residency as well), while the orthopedic surgeon becomes a specialist in the foot and ankle after completing the fellowship after their general orthopedic residency. Podiatrists deal with all aspects of the foot and ankle disease and prevention: from skin problems to reconstructive surgery...

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Last updated Feb 5, 2018

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