Peripheral Nerve Surgery—A New Subspecialty

Published:February 08, 2016DOI:
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      Stephen L. Barrett, DPM, MBA, FAENS, FACFAS, Editor
      As a subspecialty, Podiatric Surgery has emerged to encompass an almost incomprehensible level of knowledge and now has many subspecialties within the subspecialty–for example, wound care, limb salvage, Charcot reconstruction, and biomechanics, just to name a few. Sadly, there has been a very important, but largely unrecognized subspecialty that has existed for more than a decade and a half, and that is of lower extremity peripheral nerve surgery. This “new” subspecialty is growing quickly and is gaining significant recognition not only by our profession but also by neurology, endocrinology, family practitioners, and pain management specialists. This high level of knowledge, expertise, and the vast breadth of this body of work have been increasingly recognized since the formation of the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons, which is an affiliate organization of the American Podiatric Medical Association. It is composed of MDs, DOs, and DPMs working in concert to improve patient outcomes with lower extremity pain and pathology. As the immediate past president of this association, it is my honor to bring this issue dedicated to peripheral nerve pathology and surgery to the podiatric profession.
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