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The Australian Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society

Our feet are important to us, they carry us through our lives.  When there is a problem, you want the best possible care.  The foot is not just a structure on its own, but intimately connected to the rest of our body.  You want your specialist to know not only about your foot, but how your foot interacts with the rest of you.

Orthopaedic Surgeons are specialist medical practioners who have spent their whole career understanding and treating musculoskeletal conditions. Our members have a primary focus on the care of foot and ankle conditions.  Choose the right doctor and make the right step towards your recovery.

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What is Foot Surgery ?

Foot surgery consists of procedures or treatments that aim to reduce pain, realign deformity, repair tendons or restore function.  This may consist of osteotomies, fusion, tendon transfer, tendon reconstruction, joint stabilization, or joint replacement.  Your recovery to walking or return to work can vary depending on the procedure performed.

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Who should do my Surgery ?

Surgery may be performed by orthopaedic surgeons or podiatric surgeons.  The difference is selecting either a medical practitioner or allied health professional. The choice of your surgeon is important for the best outcome.  Orthopaedic surgeons are medically trained doctors who are experienced in the medical and surgical care of musculoskeletal conditions.

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Where do I find a Qualified Surgeon ?

Orthopaedic surgeons who have a primary focus in the treatment of foot and ankle conditions such as bunions, arthritis, flat feet or fractures are located around Australia.  It is important to find an orthopaedic surgeon with the experience and knowledge to treat your condition. 

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Education and Research

The AOFAS organizes an annual scientific meetings for members and interested orthopaedic surgeons.  The aim is to constantly assess of treatments, learn from international experts to further the advancement of orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery for the Australian Community.


Australian AOFAS Meetings

Yearly conference for members and interested orthopaedic surgeons. The society organizes 2-3 international speakers to talk on difficult problems.


American AOFAS Meetings

This is the largest international meeting gathering surgeons from around the world to present and discuss the latest findings and advancements.


International IFFAS Meetings

The International Federation of Foot and Ankle Societies is a collaboration of internationl foot societies .

When surgery is required to other locations of the body, we seek a FRACS qualified surgeon.  Surgery to the feet should be no different.

Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons are trained to the highest standard of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). You can be assured that a member of Australian Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society has obtained the equivalent standard of training as other medically trained surgeons.

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