Core Orthopedics & Sports Medicine welcomes Orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon Daniel M. Briggs, MD, starting September 1st, 2020.
Medical School The State University of New York at Buffalo
Orthopedic Residency William Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak, MI
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship at Northwestern Chicago, IL
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.