When you have a health care issue, you want to be confident that the person treating you is among the most competent in their field and that he or she is using the most up-to-date procedures and equipment.
The gold standard for medical professionals is to be board certified. This achievement recognizes superior knowledge, competency and achievement in the physician’s area of specialization.
When I became a Podiatrist, I dedicated myself to being among the best in my profession, which meant to become board certified in Podiatric Medicine. To attain this goal it took an extraordinary commitment of both time and finances.
Achieving this prestigious recognition for excellence in foot surgery required submitting specified numbers and types of surgical cases to a review board. To accumulate the correct number and type of bone, soft tissue and nail cases took years. Many hours of study and preparation also went into preparing for both oral and written examinations, taking time away from home, family and my medical practice to travel to other cities to take these tests.
I reached my first goal of passing the National Board of Podiatry Examiners Test, (www.apmle.com) in 1976. In 1984, I became a Diplomat of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery (www.abps.org). And, in 1985, I achieved membership in the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (www.acfas.org).
As my profession and the demands of the medical market changed, I realized that wound care was an area of specialization where I could make a significant difference, especially for my patients with diabetes. As a Podiatrist, I am the health care professional most knowledgeable about the human foot. That gave me a special advantage over all other medical practitioners who also treat foot wounds. I worked hard to achieve Diplomat Status in 2004 from the American Professional Wound Care Association. ( www.apwca.org).
Throughout my professional career, I have strived to learn the newest techniques of foot surgery and now wound care. Today, I have access to the most up-to-date tools for healing foot and lower leg wounds including ultrasonic healing by MIST Therapy (www.celleration.com), amniotic skin grafts (www.mimedx.com), pneumatic medicine (www.normatecusa.com) and specialized orthotics (www.sololabs.com) to offload my patient’s wounds.
If you have a foot or leg wound, find a Podiatrist who is board certified and learn more about the latest tools for foot care in the 21st century by going to the web sites listed above.