Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery (Asia-Pacific) is an international peer-reviewed open access journal that focuses on all aspect of the foot and ankle clinical research. The journal publishes original peer-reviewed work focused on diverse foot and ankle issues. It covers all aspects of the subjects from basic science to clinical management as well as the broad areas of the epidemiology related to foot and ankle care. The journal provides essential readership to orthopaedic surgeons interested in foot and ankle and its disorders. It is a leading source for original clinically oriented articles on art and science of ankle and foot surgery, with focused interest in problems related to this geographical region and other under-developed countries.
The journal aims to publish manuscripts focused on foot and ankle problems, to promote research articles, unique case reports, trend setting articles presenting new research ideas, preclinical research articles showing theoretical or experimental knowledge contributing to the development of a treatment modality and over and above to cater the needs of medical personnel interested in foot and ankle surgery. The journal provides regular reviews by acknowledged experts, encourage peer-reviewed original articles, publishes symposia on relevant topics and also provide a forum for discussion with letters to the editor.
The Journal of Foot and Ankle surgery (Asia-Pacific) is owned and managed under the auspices of Indian Foot and Ankle Society (IFAS) focusing on all aspect of the foot and ankle clinical research, and Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd is the publisher.
The Indian Foot and Ankle Society (IFAS) was first conceived in 1979 by Professor Sureshwar Pandey at Eastbourne, U.K. With international support from Mr. B. Helal and Dr. Valente Valenti, Professor Pandey ventured into forming the Indian Foot Society. He took on the arduous task of organizing the Society of the Foot Surgeons of India. The Secretary General of C.I.P. announced the official formation of the Indian Foot Society on November 2, 1987, at the Calcutta Indian Orthopaedic Association Conference in the presence of Rev. Mother Teresa. The society's name changed to Indian Foot and Ankle Society in 2010, and it was officially registered in Ranchi.
Since 2010, the IFAS has grown from a small subspecialty to a rapidly growing subspecialty. In 2017, the Indian Foot and Ankle Society formed an alliance with the Asian Federation of Foot and Ankle Society and became associated with other like-minded foot-ankle societies and the official Journal of the Society, JFAS AP became the mouth piece of most Asia Pacific Foot societies or Foot sections of National societies. The society has 900-plus members and is one of the fastest-growing subspecialties in India. Various cadaveric Basic to advance courses has become a regular feature along with the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society since 2018. In 2022, IFAS has started its own IFAS Basic course to propagate the knowledge of the intricacies of foot and ankle to young orthopaedic surgeons.
The true mirror of any academic society is its academic documentation and publications. With this fact in mind, an idea was mooted at the inception of the society itself to bring out a journal on foot and ankle problems and related research as its official publication. So, the maiden issue of the Journal of Foot Surgery was released at the first academic conference at Cuttack by the doyen of Indian orthopaedics and the past President of SICOT, Mr. K. T. Dholakia, on October 23, 1986. The journal was regularly published , initially as one issue per year. As the association with regional societies became prominent, the name of the journal was changed to Journal Foot and Ankle Surgery, Asia Pacific in 2014. Starting with 2 issues every year, JFAS-AP has now evolved to 4 issues per year since 2021, with contributions from all over the world and multiple Guest Editors from Asia Pacific-regions, the Americas, Europe, and South America.
The Indian Foot and Ankle Society is now looking beyond its borders to develop the foot and ankle subspecialty.
DR. RAJESH SIMON PRESIDENT, IFAS 2022-2023
DR. ABHIJIT BANDYOPADHYAY, E.C.M., IFAS 2022-2024
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