- Fellowship - Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sciences (2006-2007), Podiatric Sports Medicine & Surgery
- Residency - University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (2003-2006), Podiatric Medicine & Surgery
- Medical School - Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science (1999-2003)
Michael VanPelt, D.P.M.
- Orthopaedic Surgery - General Orthopaedics
- Foot & Ankle Conditions
- Foot & Ankle Surgical Treatments
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Michael D. VanPelt, D.P.M., FACFAS, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic
Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in the surgical treatment of foot and ankle conditions.
Dr. VanPelt earned his doctoral degree in podiatric medicine at the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. He completed a residency in podiatric medicine and surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and received advanced training through a podiatric sports medicine fellowship at Barry University in Miami, Florida.
Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery in foot surgery and reconstructive rearfoot ankle surgery, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2007.
Dr. VanPelt is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery and a past president of the Dallas County Podiatric Medical Society. He currently is on the board of directors of the Texas Podiatric Medical Association, serving as Chairman of its continuing medical education committee.
He also serves on the board of directors of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and its computer-based patient simulation reconstructive rearfoot and ankle review committee. In addition, he is a member of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.
Dr. VanPelt has delivered scores of presentations, contributed to the book Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy of the Foot and Ankle, and published several academic articles related to his areas of expertise.
In 2011, he earned the Texas Podiatric Medical Association’s Young Practitioner Award.
Meet Michael VanPelt
Foot and Ankle Surgeon
During a game, a soccer player in Dallas hears a pop and feels a sudden pain in the back of his ankle – the athletic trainer tells him it looks like an Achilles tendon rupture. Across town, a football player suffers a broken ankle. And a few blocks away, a runner in a new pair of minimalist shoes begins to feel an unfamiliar pain in her feet. She has to cut her run short. Those athletes should make their way to Michael VanPelt, D.P.M. An Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a go-to consultant for the UT Southwestern Sports Medicine Program, Dr. VanPelt is a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon specializing in injuries to the foot and ankle – especially athletic injuries.
"I enjoy taking care of athletes. I’m a pretty big guy – 6 feet, 2 inches, and 265 pounds. I played sports growing up from first grade, from soccer to basketball, track, and football, and I know the kinds of injuries athletes experience."
He is board certified in both foot surgery and reconstructive ankle surgery, and he completed a podiatric sports medicine fellowship at Barry University in Miami, Florida. There he served as the podiatrist for the Miami Heat and the University of Miami men’s and women’s basketball team, and as team physician for Barry University athletics.
Runners get hurt too. Dr. VanPelt often sees runners with stress fractures to their sesamoids, a pair of small round bones at the base of the big toe. Overuse injuries can also strike runners who use minimalist shoes or go barefoot.
“Barefoot running is not for the novice runner – it should be for experienced runners who have a routine and regimen already,” Dr. VanPelt says. “In the U.S., everybody grows up in shoes. If all of a sudden you want to go back to barefoot again, it's not that easy.”
It takes time for athletes to recover from foot or ankle injuries, Dr. VanPelt says, and when patients return to play, they might not be at 100 percent. But once they’ve completed rehab and returned to play, they can start working their way back to their best.
- American College Of Foot And Ankle Surgeons
- American College of Podiatric Sports Medicine
- American College of Sports Medicine
- American Podiatric Medical Association
- Dallas Podiatric Medical Society
- Texas Podiatric Medical Association
- Outstanding Educator Award 2019, Department of Prosthetics-Orthotics
- Young Practitioner Award 2011, Texas Podiatric Medical Association, Annual Meeting
- Dr. Harold Feder Orthopaedic Award 2001, The Scholl College Podiatric Medicine Finch University Health Science
- Award Outstanding Contribution & Scholarly Research Area of Science/Technology 1998, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff School of Arts Science
Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy of the Foot and Ankle
Michael VanPelt, Amol Saxena and Marque Allen(Ed.) (2011), Springer
- Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy of the Foot and Ankle
Gender Differences on SF-36 Patient-Reported Outcomes of Diabetic Foot Disease.
Del Core MA, Ahn J, Wukich DK, Liu GT, Lalli T, VanPelt MD, Raspovic KM The international journal of lower extremity wounds 2018 Jun 1534734618774664
Scoring Mental Health Quality of Life With the SF-36 in Patients With and Without Diabetes Foot Complications.
Ahn J, Del Core MA, Wukich DK, Liu GT, Lalli T, VanPelt MD, La Fontaine J, Lavery LA, Raspovic KM The international journal of lower extremity wounds 2018 Mar 1534734618762226
Surgical Management of Displaced Intra-Articular Calcaneal Fractures: What Matters Most?
Liu GT, Vanpelt MD, Lalli T, Raspovic KM, Wukich DK Clinics in podiatric medicine and surgery 2019 Apr 36 2 173-184
Three-Dimensional Computed Tomographic Characterization of Normal Anatomic Morphology and Variations of the Distal Tibiofibular Syndesmosis.
Liu GT, Ryan E, Gustafson E, Vanpelt MD, Raspovic KM, Lalli T, Wukich DK, Xi Y, Chhabra A The Journal of foot and ankle surgery : official publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons 2018 Sep
Kinematic Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Peroneal Tendon Subluxation with Intraoperative Correlation.
VanPelt MD, Landrum MR, Igbinigie M, Wadhwa V, Chhabra A The Journal of foot and ankle surgery : official publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons 2017 Jan
Fracture of the cuboid.
Borrelli J, De S, VanPelt M The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2012 Jul 20 7 472-7
Secrets to Treating Athletes with Ankle Fractures
Damieon Brown,DPM, Lawrence DiDomenico, DPM, Michael VanPelt, DPM Podiatry Today January 2007 Volume 20, Issue 1 1045-7860
Open Traumatic Dislocation of the First Metatarsophalangeal Joint with Fracture of the Fibular and Tibial Sesamoids: Case Report
Michael VanPelt, DPM, Damieon Brown, DPM, Jeff Doyle, DPM, Javier La Fontaine, DPM, MS Journal Foot and Ankle Surgery March 2007 Volume 46, No. 2 124-129
New and Recurrent Ulcerations after Percutaneous Achilles Tendon Lengthening in Transmetatarsal Amputation
Javier La Fontaine, DPM, MS, Damieon Brown, DPM, Moffatt Adams, DPM, Michael VanPelt, DPM The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery May 2008 Volume 47, No. 3 225-229
Is Routine Hardware Removal Following Open Reduction Internal Fixation of Tarsometatarsal Joint Fracture/Dislocation Necessary?
VanPelt MD, Athey A, Yao J, Ennin K, Kassem L, Mulligan E, Lalli T, Liu GT, The Journal of foot and ankle surgery : official publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons 2019 Mar 58 2 226-230
Optimizing Results in Diabetic Charcot Reconstruction.
Raspovic KM, Liu GT, Lalli T, Van Pelt M, Wukich DK, Clinics in podiatric medicine and surgery 2019 Jul 36 3 469-481
- Gender Differences on SF-36 Patient-Reported Outcomes of Diabetic Foot Disease.
- Use of Advanced Imaging of Calcaneal Fractures to improve surgical reconstruction of the calcaneus
- Ankle and Foot Trauma
- Ankle and Foot Reconstruction and Revision Surgery
- Ankle and Foot Sports Injuries
- Foot & Ankle Conditions
- Foot & Ankle Surgical Treatments
- Foot & Ankle Conservative Treatments
- Sports Medicine for Sprains, Strains & Trauma
- Sprains, Strains & Trauma
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