What is the Difference Between Orthopedic and Podiatric Surgeons?

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John, DPM, FACFAS, the partners at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists, are often asked what the difference is between an orthopedic surgeon and a podiatric surgeon. 

The distinction between an orthopedic and podiatric surgeon is a common point of confusion. The main difference between them has to do with their areas of focus. An orthopedist spends four years in allopathic or osteopathic medical school, whereas a podiatrist spends four years in podiatric medical school.

In postgraduate or surgical training, there is another difference. Orthopedic surgeons spend five years learning learning about bones, joints and reconstruction in surgery throughout the body. A podiatric surgeon spends three years of focused time learning about solely foot and ankle surgery, making them the experts in the lower extremities.

If you have any questions about the background of a podiatric surgeon, or if you have any concerns about your health, contact Drs. Thomajan and John today. Their goal is to provide you with the best podiatric care, answer all of your questions and concerns, and keep you educated about your health.

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists