A New Brand for a Thriving Society


What Does AOFAS Stand For?

In 2017, the AOFAS Board of Directors undertook a strategic initiative to update and clarify the organization’s long-term purpose and direction. Our new visual identity and tagline reflect a vigorous organization dedicated to advancing our members’ skills, improving our patients’ health, and defining our place in the healthcare field.

We now can proudly state that:

The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society mobilizes our dynamic community of foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons to improve patient care through education, research, and advocacy.

How Do We Deliver on This Promise?

Through Education

​As the premier global organization for foot and ankle care, AOFAS delivers exceptional events and resources for continuous education and skills mastery.

Through Research and Advocacy

​AOFAS advances the specialty by funding and promoting research and supporting our members’ interests with patients, legislators, and healthcare providers.

Through Patient Education

​The AOFAS FootCareMD​ website broadens patient understanding of foot and ankle conditions and treatments.


What Makes Us Dynamic, Decisive, and Dedicated?

As part of this initiative, we identified eight key characteristics of our Society and members.

We’re By, Of, and For Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Surgeons

​AOFAS members and leaders are dedicated foot and ankle orthopaedic professionals who strive for excellence both individually and collectively. Our members and leaders proactively identify and respond to emerging scientific knowledge and evidence-based research in order to improve patient care and patient outcomes.

We’re Collegial

​AOFAS members enjoy a high level of collegiality, giving them a dependable conduit for networking and support. This enables our members to tap into peers for guidance related to questions, controversies, and concerns. Most importantly, our members feel they are part of a greater community dedicated to professionalism, excellence, and advancement.

We’re Education Focused

​AOFAS delivers exceptional learning opportunities to help our members stay current with their surgical skills, clinical competencies, and practice proficiency. Our members gain access to an extensive array of live, online, and on-demand educational resources. As a result, AOFAS members can pursue lifelong learning that is relevant and accessible.

We’re Supportive of Patients

​AOFAS originates and curates patient education information so that our members can provide patients with scientifically supported, well-crafted, and accessible resources that accurately explain foot and ankle conditions and treatments. This includes FootCareMD, a website that helps the public understand issues related to foot and ankle health. Foot and ankle professionals worldwide rely on AOFAS resources to engage and inform foot and ankle patients and their families.

We’re Collaborative

​AOFAS works collaboratively with our members and leaders, other orthopaedic surgeons, the healthcare team, referring physicians, and industry supporters to address and promote mutual interests. We believe that by strengthening our relationships with other professionals committed to the highest quality of foot and ankle care for patients, AOFAS makes a meaningful contribution toward advancing better patient care.

We’re Strategic

​AOFAS is a forward-thinking organization that strives to keep our members at the forefront of clinical practice. We monitor and deliberate on emerging healthcare issues to anticipate and address the challenges foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons face.

We’re Advocates for Better Health

​While we are not a lobbying organization, AOFAS actively supports the interests of foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons and their patients by promoting our members’ skills to the broader medical community, government officials, regulators, and the public.

We’re Committed to Clinical Excellence

​Fundamental to AOFAS is an abiding commitment to advance clinical excellence in foot and ankle orthopaedic surgery. All AOFAS events and resources are carefully designed to support our members as they deliver the best patient care in their practices every day.


Step Up to the Promise of the AOFAS Brand

Join the AOFAS community and take an active role in your specialty. Visit the AOFAS Membership page​ to learn more.