New AOFAS Video Gives Patients a Voice

Patients discuss the value of orthopaedic foot and ankle care

ROSEMONT, Ill. (June 5, 2015) – When you have a foot or ankle problem, you need an expert who can get you back to the activities you love as quickly as possible. In the newest patient video from the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS), four patients talk about their conditions and injuries and share how orthopaedic foot and ankle care made a difference.

As the leaders in lower extremity medicine, orthopaedic foot and ankle specialists can address a variety of conditions.

 For example, in the AOFAS patient video you’ll hear from Craig, who needed help for an Achilles tendon tear, and Tom, who was looking for a solution to his painful ankle arthritis. Ethan had torn a tendon that took him off the soccer field, and Lois suffered with a painful Morton’s Neuroma. All four found the care they needed in the office of an orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist.

“The value that these specialists bring to your problem is invaluable,” says Craig, who underwent surgery to repair his Achilles and today is back to playing competitive basketball. “The care I received from my orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist and his team was superior.”

Whether you’re suffering from a chronic challenge such as diabetic foot or Achilles tendinitis, or a recent problem such as a sprained or broken ankle, orthopaedic foot and ankle specialists have the training and experience to care for you. If you’re looking for a specialist in your area, use the Find an Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Specialist online tool. You can also visit, the patient education site of the AOFAS, to learn more about foot and ankle conditions and treatments.
About the AOFAS
The AOFAS promotes quality, ethical and cost-effective patient care through the education, research and training of orth opaedic surgeons and other health care providers. The Society creates public awareness for the prevention and treatment of foot and ankle disorders and serves as a resource for national and international health care communities.​

About Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons are medical doctors (MD and DO) who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries of the foot and ankle. Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons use medical, physical and rehabilitative methods as well as surgery to treat patients of all ages. Relying on four years of medical school training, five years of post-graduate training and often a fellowship in orthopaedic foot and ankle care, orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons perform reconstructive procedures, treat sports injuries, and manage and treat trauma of the foot and ankle.

Jennifer Hicks
Director of Public Education