The mission of the Massachusetts Foot and Ankle Society is to support the advancement of knowledge and delivery of foot health care; to
facilitate and promote the interests, professionalism and recognition of its
members; and to support the principles and goals of the American Podiatric
A Brief History
The first professional office for the practice of podiatric
medicine was opened on Winter Street in Boston in 1837, by Dr. Nehemiah
Kennison. The Massachusetts Podiatric Medical Society (MPMS) was incorporated
under the general laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1906, as a
non-profit organization by a handful of podiatrists - "To better serve the
foot health needs of the Commonwealth." MPMS has 300 member
podiatric physicians and surgeons.
It is interesting to note that since the first running of
the BAA Boston Marathon in 1897, until the present, podiatrists of the
Commonwealth have always volunteered at the marathon to treat injured
participants, beginning with Dr. Joseph Lelyveld. Dr. Jonathan Kaplan currently
manages podiatry services at the Marathon and now has a crew of 20 or more
treating runners foot problems each year. Another important historical note is
that Dr. John Kelly was the first podiatrist to serve as an integral member of
the diabetes health care team with founder, Dr. Elliot P. Joslin, of the Joslin
Clinic at the Deaconess Hospital in Boston. MPMS volunteer members also provide
educational and foot screening services to the Diabetes Expo each year in
Boston and deliver hundreds of educational foot health presentations to
hospital staffs and patient groups throughout the state each year.
In 2017, the membership voted to change the name of the society to the Massachusetts Foot and Ankle Society which more accurately represents the education and training of today's podiatrist.
MFAS maintains professional relationships with many other
health care related organizations including the American Diabetes Association,
the Massachusetts Diabetes Control and Prevention Program, NHIC/ Medicare, the
Massachusetts Board of Registration in Podiatry, the Massachusetts Medical
Society and many of the Commonwealth's HMOs and medical insurance companies.
Thanks in large measure to the work of MFAS and its members,
podiatrists in Massachusetts are now licensed to perform foot surgery,
administer local anesthetics, prescribe medication, practice in surgery centers
and they are included on virtually all hospital staffs. Referrals from primary
care physicians to podiatrists are at an all time high and podiatrists are full
participants in the managed care health care system as foot specialists.
You may find our member’s offices easily by clicking on Find A Podiatrist.