A doctor who does surgery on the ankle may be called an orthopedic surgeon, a foot and ankle surgeon, a podiatrist or a podiatric surgeon, states More.com. There are differences in areas of study between orthopedic surgeons and podiatric surgeons, but both groups are able to perform ankle surgery.Continue Reading
Orthopedic surgeons go through medical school for four years, followed by a five-year residency. Podiatrists focus their studies on the ankle and the foot in podiatric medical colleges, followed by residency. Orthopedic surgeons can treat all bones, joints and soft tissues, whereas a podiatrist focuses primarily on the foot and ankle.
Both orthopedic surgeons and podiatrists are capable of treating the bones, soft tissues and joints within the ankle, but a podiatrist also treats the dermatology and biomechanics of the ankle, according to MethodistHospitalForSurgery.com. Some hospitals only allow podiatrists to perform surgery on the front of the foot, explains More.com.Learn more about Careers