South Carolina Ankle Scope
South Carolina to Become 47th State with DPM
On May 10, 2018, the South Carolina legislature approved
changes to the podiatric scope of practice that will allow DPMs with three-year
residencies and RRA certification to perform most ankle surgeries. All DPMs will gain
greater amputation privileges as well. The Governor is expected to sign
the legislation soon.
In addition to the tireless efforts of ACFAS past president
Michelle Butterworth, DPM, FACFAS and many other ACFAS members, ACFAS would
also like to recognize the effort of allopathic physicians who supported this
effort as well. This scope of practice victory was achieved through extensive
grass roots efforts and will help to offer the citizens of South Carolina
increased availability of expert foot and ankle care.
Now only three states remain, Massachusetts, Alabama and Mississippi. Massachusetts DPMs are engaged in similar efforts right now
and prospects look good, but nothing is a certainty in legislative
politics. There is no DPM scope legislation pending in Alabama or