The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS), founded in 1969, is a Medical Specialty Society comprised of 1,985 American and International Orthopaedic Surgeons (MD/DO).
The AOFAS organizational priorities are Education and Research.
The Focus: Reconstruction -- Sports Medicine -- Trauma -- Technology
Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons specialize in the diagnosis, care and treatment of patients with disorders of the musculoskeletal system of the foot. This includes bone, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, nerves and skin. These surgeons perform reconstructive procedures, treat sports injuries, and manage and treat trauma of the foot and ankle.
Members of the AOFAS have completed four years of medical school and five years of accredited graduate education (residency training) in orthopaedic surgery. Most members have completed an additional year of advanced fellowship training in the care of the foot and ankle. AOFAS members in the United States hold membership in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Active Members are certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery or the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Foot & Ankle Specialists
Orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in foot care employ medical, physical and surgical methods to restore function lost as a result of injury and disease to the foot and ankle. They coordinate their treatment methods with a foot care team that includes other physicians, nurses, physical therapists, physician assistants, and pedorthists. The orthopaedist’s areas of expertise include the knowledge and techniques necessary to treat:
- Injuries such as fractures, dislocations, sprains, torn ligaments and amputations.
- Join destruction requiring joint replacement
- Sports injuries
- Loss of joint and muscle function caused by disease or injury
- Bunions, hammertoes and flatfeet
- Nerve disorders such as neuroma and tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Congenital deformities such as clubfoot
- Pediatric problems such as in-toeing and out-toeing and leg length discrepancy
- Infections and tumors of bones, joints, tendons and muscles
The AOFAS is governed by an elected 11 member Board of Directors. The 2012-13 President is Lew C. Schon, MD, Baltimore, Maryland. Other officers include President-elect Steven L. Haddad, Glenview, Illinois; Vice President Bruce J. Sangeorzan, Seattle, Washington; Secretary Mark E. Easley, MD, Durham, North Carolina; and Treasurer Jeffrey E. Johnson, MD, St. Louis, Missouri.
AOFAS Executive Office
The AOFAS Executive Office is located in Rosemont, Illinois. Lousanne “Zan” Lofgren, CAE is the Executive Director.
The AOFAS is a 501(c)(3) organization.