South Carolina Ankle Scope

South Carolina to Become 47th State with DPM Ankle Scope

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 Mississippi.

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