A foot surgeon is a doctor that provides medical care and sometimes uses surgical techniques to treat the foot and ankle conditions that a patient may experience.
They treat all conditions of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. This can include relatively minor issues such as heel pain, ingrown toenails, and bunions to strategies for preventing amputation. They also treat sports injuries, infections, and repair of fractures in the foot or ankle. Sometimes they treat complex disorders that are the first symptoms of other diseases such as diabetes and arthritis, for example.
A foot surgeon must complete four years of postgraduate at a specialist podiatric medical school after completing a four-year general medicine degree and may also receive additional training in specific areas of foot and ankle surgery. They must also be board-certified by the relevant professional body before they can practice.