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A 25-year-old female asked:

Which doctor is better at popping an ankle back into place ( more experience, training etc) dpm or orthopedic surgeon with foot ankle residency?

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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Training: An orthopaedic surgeon with a foot and ankle fellowship has undergone many more years of training than a podiatrist. Most podiatrists have little experience with trauma er work, such as what you describe with reduction of an ankle fracture-dislocation. Orthopedic surgeons are also more familiar with treating these unstable injuries with surgery.
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Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
DPM vs Orthopod: Both of these professions are surgically based. Popping an ankle back into place if in an acute situation, would be done equally by both. Chiropractors and osteopaths are more qualified in a subacute or chronic situation to first recognize that this needs to occur, and then second, the actual how to do it. Dr rich blake.
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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
I would disagree - Im not sure how a chiropractor would more readily recognize a chronic ankle dislocation and know how to reduce this. Most commonly, chronic ankle dislocations are unable to be reduced anatomically or maintained in this position, and even often require surgery for optimal patient outcomes. A chiropractor or manipulative osteopath would be unable to reduce these injuries in a subacute/chronic manner, largely for these reasons..
Sep 9, 2013
Last updated Mar 31, 2016

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