The primary function of ABFAS is to certify qualified foot and ankle surgeons.
Prior to receiving certification, candidates must become board qualified in either foot surgery or foot and reconstructive rearfoot/ankle surgery. ABFAS continues to review and change the certification exams, including a rigorous Case Review process combined with a Computer-based Patient Simulation examination.
Those certified surgeons, called ABFAS Diplomates, engage in a process of continuous learning to remain certified.
The American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS) strives to protect and improve the health and welfare of the public by advancing the art and science of foot and ankle surgery. To accomplish this goal, ABFAS grants certification status to candidates who successfully meet the guidelines for demonstrating competency and proficiency in the art and science of foot and ankle surgery.
All ABFAS certified foot and ankle surgeons must maintain an active license and hold hospital privileges.
ABFAS board certified foot and ankle surgeons can hold the following certificates:
Ambulatory – A podiatric surgeon who was certified by the American Board of Ambulatory Surgery board before it joined with ABFAS.
Foot and Ankle Surgery – A podiatric surgeon who became ABFAS certified pre-1991.
Foot – A podiatric surgeon who, post-1991, passed the ABFAS certification foot surgery examinations.
Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle (RRA) – A podiatric surgeon who is certified in foot surgery and has also passed the RRA surgery certification examinations.
Surgically Inactive – ABFAS subcategory for a certified podiatrist engaged in the active practice of podiatry but who no longer has an active surgical practice.