Fellows of the ACPS are podiatrists who have completed extensive, post-graduate medical and surgical training, which enables them to perform reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle. The qualifications of Fellows of the ACPS are recognised by Australian State and Federal Governments. Fellows of the ACPS are included within both the Health Insurance Act and the National Health Act.
In Australia, Fellows of the ACPS principally operate in private hospitals within a surgical team, which includes anaesthetists, medical practitioners, surgical assistants and nursing and hospital staff. Fellows of the ACPS adhere strictly to the same hospital protocols as other surgical specialties. Patient care and safety is paramount and the surgical team works closely together to ensure each patient receives the highest quality of care and respect.
Foot and ankle surgery may be preformed as day case surgery, or overnight stay if necessary. Surgery is performed under local or general anaesthesia. In the postoperative setting, each patient is followed closely and managed according to their individual needs and phases of recovery.
Podiatric Surgery and You
Around the world, podiatric surgery has a long history of leadership and innovation in the field of foot surgery. Fellows of the ACPS are unique, having dedicated their energy over many years in research, investigation and mastery of medical and surgical therapeutics of the foot and ankle. For most disorders there is more than one form of treatment and management of foot and ankle problems may involve surgery, medicines, casts or splints and allied therapies. A podiatric surgeon will discuss the merits of conservative and surgical treatment options for each individual patient and help one to select the best treatment plan to enable an active and functional life
What do Fellows of the ACPS Treat?
Fellows of the ACPS are concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot and ankle. Fellows of the ACPS are uniquely qualified to care for bone, joint, ligament, muscle and tendon pathology of the foot and ankle, including:
- Structural deformities, including bunions, hammertoes, painful flat foot and high arched foot deformity,
- Bone spurs
- Heel pain
- Nerve entrapments
- Tendon and soft tissue problems
- Degeneration and arthrosis of the joints of the foot and ankle
- Skin and nail conditions
- Congenital deformities
- Trauma-related injuries, including fractures and dislocations and posttraumatic arthrosis