ACFAOM was founded in 1949 and incorporated in 1951 as the American College of Foot Orthopedists (ACFO). The name was changed in the early 1990s to the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine to better reflect the scope of interest of the membership. ACFAOM is dedicated to the education and advocacy of podiatric physicians specializing in podiatric medicine. With approximately 1,000 active members, ACFAOM is a Clinical Education Affiliate of the American Podiatric Medical Association.

ACFAOM advocates for the importance of maintaining thorough scientific knowledge and clinical skills in the biomechanical and medical aspects of podiatric practice. With the average DPM spending less than 20% of his/her time in surgery, it is important that these non-surgical areas remain the cornerstone of contemporary podiatric practice. ACFAOM accomplishes this goal through strong representation at the APMA’s Board of Trustees meetings, attending the APMA House of Delegates meetings, and by dialogue with APMA leaders. ACFAOM also advocates for the importance of biomechanics and medicine to the Council on Podiatric Medical Education, the accrediting agency for all forms of podiatric medical education, and the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine, the association representing all the schools and colleges of podiatric medicine and its Council of Teaching Hospitals, that oversees all residency training programs.  

ACFAOM presents education that emphasizes the non-surgical aspects of practice-based patient care and defends board certification by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine as a credential for full hospital staff privileges and inclusion as a provider by insurance carriers.

ACFAOM can be contacted by e-mail at info@acfaom.org or by calling 301-718-6505.