Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Dr. Daniel M. Briggs, MD, joined our team of physicians in September 2020. Specializing in the evaluation and management of injuries or pain in the foot and ankle, Dr. Briggs manages patients with a wide range of complex and common orthopedic conditions such as fractures, arthritis, flat feet, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and generalized foot or ankle pain.
Dr. Briggs’ philosophy is highly patient-centered. He believes that patients are experts on their conditions, and that his job as a doctor is to listen to the patient, assist with orthopedic obstacles, and facilitate a customized plan. Through this philosophy, he is able to guide patients through the treatment process according to their goals.
Additionally, Dr. Briggs’ surgical specialties include foot and ankle tendon injury, transfer, repair and reconstruction, total ankle arthroplasty, fractures, PRP for tendonitis and plantar fasciitis, total ankle arthroplasty, arthroscopy, deformity correction, and bunion repair surgery.
After completing medical school at The State University of New York at Buffalo in 2014, Dr. Briggs moved from New York to the midwest to complete his Orthopedic Residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. He then went on to complete his Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois in July 2020. During his fellowship, Dr. Briggs also treated a number of Northwestern University athletes. He is licensed in the state of Illinois and in the state of Michigan.
Dr. Briggs is a published co-author and expert on turf toe and hallux valgus, and his research on total ankle arthroplasty retrieval was accepted for presentation by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in 2019.
In addition to his orthopedic achievements, Dr. Briggs enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife and two daughters. He also enjoys playing the guitar in his free time.
Foot and Ankle Surgeon vs. Podiatrist: What’s the difference?
The foot and ankle areas are very difficult to understand, and working with foot problems requires a large amount of training. The foot is a complex network of 26 bones, 33 joints, and over one hundred connecting ligaments and muscles. If you have been experiencing foot pain, you’re probably wondering, “Who should I go see? An Orthopedic Foot Surgeon or a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM)?”If you’re seeking care, it’s important to know the difference between the two. They treat, do, and know different things!
What do they treat?
Orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons treat heel spurs, flat feet, injuries, fractures, and a full spectrum of problems related to tissues in the foot, ankle, and lower leg. They have trauma center training and are familiar with complex injuries. They are qualified to determine and correct the problem. They may order medicine, physical therapy, bracing, or surgery. Podiatrists treat a range of ailments from ingrown toenails, flat feet, and heel spurs to common foot and ankle injuries. They also act as an important resource for foot ailments common to diabetic patients.
Who is more qualified to treat my problem?
Orthopedic surgeons are medical doctors holding a MD license and 12+ years of medical experience. After completing their undergraduate studies, they attend 4 years of medical school, 5-6 years of orthopedic residency, and complete a year-long foot and ankle fellowship working alongside another seasoned foot and ankle board-certified orthopedic surgeon. Orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons specialize in surgery of the foot and ankle, but they also diagnose a range of other orthopedic injuries. Many times you can have knee or hip pain because your gait is altered from a foot problem. An orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon can treat all conditions not limited to just the foot. Podiatrists receive a Podiatrist DPM credential after completing four years of podiatry school and a 3-year residency. Overall, they complete years of training, but they are not medical doctors.