President’s Message


My name is Louis J. DeCaro. I am a Podiatric Physician who specializes in pediatrics with a special interest in sports medicine and biomechanics for both adults and pediatrics. On July 25th, 2014 I was installed as President of the American College of Foot and Ankle Pediatrics (ACFAP). I am honored and humbled to hold such a prestigious position within such a great profession.

I received my degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine in 1999 from Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine in Miami, FL. I then underwent an extensive multi-year surgical training in the Worcester area at the UMASS and St. Vincent Hospitals with special emphasis on pediatrics.

I am currently in private practice in West Hatfield. I am a member of the surgical & medical staff at Franklin Medical Center as well as Holyoke Medical Center.

I am the Director and originator of the Adult & Pediatric Gait Labs Biomechanics Clinic, which takes place biweekly at my West Hatfield office. I also direct a weekly Lower Extremity Podo-Orthopedic clinic my West Hatfield office. In 2004 I originated this clinic as well to better serve special needs children with podopediatric concerns.I routinely work alongside a Pediatric Rehabilitation Specialist and/or early intervention therapist and an Orthotist.

It is my belief that a well-rounded podiatrist should be someone who recognizes the implications of foot ailments at the earliest of ages in order to prevent adult problems. That is why I have chosen to specialize in podopediatrics. Knowing how to deal with concerns before they happen (the principal of preventative care) can help facilitate a lifelong normalcy of activity and prevent many acquired adult issues. The feet are the foundation of the body, and from the first step a child takes, deficiencies in the lower extremity begin to create a destructive domino effect on the rest of the human body. It is our job as podiatrists to make sure the feet are taken care of. Whether a child has pain or not, their feet should be screened and treated before problems happen.

I have many goals as president. My primary one is make sure ACFAP helps educate its members, practitioners of all other specialties, and parents, regarding pediatric foot care. I promise to work closely with the APMA in building this stronger educational foundation. Last but not least, I want ACFAP to host its own stand-alone meeting during 2015.

Louis J. DeCaro, DPM