When it comes to choosing the right podiatrist it is easy to get lost in vast amount of information. Traditional research on search engines or word-of-mouth from friends, family or referring physicians simply does not cut it. “The health of your feet are extremely important and you must seek the top quality care you deserve,” says Dr. ElSamad, DPM, FACFAS, founder of The Institute of Foot & Ankle Reconstructive Surgery. “Ask questions like is your podiatrist double certified, where did the receive their training and how long had they trained.”
Dr. ElSamad is amongst America’s Top Podiatrists according to Consumers’ Research Council of America and serves as the Director of Diabetic Limb Salvage at both Saint Catherine’s in East Chicago and Saint Mary’s in Hobart. He started his professional education at the American University of Beirut before earning an undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of Central Oklahoma. Soon after he earned his Masters in Biomedical Sciences and his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine, which led him to Salt Lake City, UT where he completed his comprehensive training in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery.
Dr. ElSamad is one of the few podiatrists who have completed a fellowship in diabetic limb salvage in Italy utilizing the Ilizarov technique, which would led to his induction to the Society of Innovators in 2012. After working with the orthopedic team at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA, where he played an integral role of keeping active duty personnel on their feet, “I realized I needed to take my double certification, expertise and passion to help others and establish an independent practice,” says ElSamad
But what does it mean to be double certified?
Under to the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, formerly American Board of Podiatric Surgery, there are three certifications: Foot Surgery, Reconstructive Rearfoot & Ankle Surgery and Foot & Ankle. The average podiatrists obtain a Foot Surgery Certification that indicates knowledge of podiatric surgery, diagnosis of problems and surgical management of foot disease, deformities and/or trauma.
“Very few podiatrists go the extra mile to seek the “upper level” certification and that is what sets us apart from the rest,” states Dr. ElSamad. Board Certified Podiatrists in Rearfoot and Ankle, such as Dr. ElSamad, have all the knowledge of a typical podiatrist but harness more in-depth training in the structures that affect the foot, ankle and leg. “We strive to be the best and provide the best service for our patients and this can only done by taking our knowledge that extra step,” Dr. ElSamad said.
There are numerous websites where you can locate podiatry offices around your local area that offer convenient, friendly locations with knowledgeable doctors. “The best way to find this information is through theABPS.org (abfas.org effective in June) or by viewing our certifications atTIFARS.net,” says Dr. ElSamad.