If a podiatrist is board certified in podiatric medicine they cannot diagnose and treat and prescribe any disease, injury, deformity or other condition of the ankle and soft tissue of the leg unless they are certified in podiatric surgery because this is one of the requirements to qualify to do the above.
If a podiatrist is board certified in podiatric medicine they cannot treat the ankle medically but someone who is certified in podiatric surgery can treat the ankle medically so long as they have obtained an issuance of a privilege to perform podiatric standard ankle surgery or advanced ankle surgery.
My personal opinion is that it IS UNFAIR FOR A PODIATRIST WHO IS BOARD CERTIFIED IN PODIATRIC MEDICINE TO BE REQUIRED TO
1. BECOME BOARD CERTIFIED IN PODIATRIC SURGERY SO THAT THEY CAN QUALIFY TO PERFORM STANDARD ANKLE SURGERY OR ADVANCED ANKLE SURGERY SO THAT THEY MAY ULTIMATELY BE ABLE TO PRACTICE AND GIVE PODIATRIC MEDICAL CARE OF THE ANKLE with respect to those treatments that are within the scope of the board certification in podiatric medicine.
Currently the law says: "The practice of podiatry may also include diagnosing, treating, operating and prescribing for any disease, injury, deformity or other condition of the ankle and soft tissue of the leg below the tibial tuberosity if the podiatrist has obtained an issuance of a privilege to perform standard ankle surgery or advanced ankle surgery in accordance with section seven thousan nine of this article."
This can be verified by reading the actual legislation Chapter 438 of the Laws of 2012.
Isn't a punch biopsy of the subcutaneous tissue of the ankle well within the scope of certificaion in podiatric medicine? What about treatment of ankle fractures with a cast or a sprain of the anterior talar fibular ligament.
So far the ankle cannot be treated unless there is a contiguous foot wound. But any podiatrist certified in podiatric medicine should be able to be licensed to practice podiatric medicine to the full extent of the scope of their board certification in podiatric medicine. To allow someone else who is not board certified in podiatric medicine to medically treat the ankle and to restrain the practice of a podiatrist that is board certified in podiatric medicine from treating the ankle I believe is unfair.
For any state legislature to pass legislation that prevents podiatrists that are board certified in their subspecialty of podiatric medicine from medically treating the ankle as per above is unfair.
The above are not any form of legal advice and are the personal opinons of Dan
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