• Sports Medicine
  • Foot & Ankle

Over the years, Dr. David A. Porter has taken every opportunity to learn about foot and ankle injuries and to share what he learns through publication and presentations.

After his undergraduate studies, he continued on at Ball State University, earning a doctorate in Human Bioenergetics (Exercise and Muscle Performance Physiology). His interest in orthopedics took him on to medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine, after which he interned at Methodist Hospital of Indiana and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Wright State University in Dayton.

He continued to gain experience in additional care settings, undertaking a three-month foot and ankle specialty rotation under James Amis, MD, in Cincinnati and a 12-month foot and ankle fellowship at the Foundation for Orthopedic, Athletic and Reconstructive Research in Houston with Dr. Donald Baxter and Dr. Tom Clanton. Active in the presentation and publication of research regarding sports-related foot and ankle injuries, Dr. Porter serves as a peer reviewer for national and international medical journals. He is the author of Baxter’s The Foot and Ankle in Sport textbook published in 2008 and has had over 40 articles published on sports-related topics as it pertains to the foot and ankle. In 2012, Dr. Porter was recognized in the April 23rd edition of Street & Smith’s Sports Business Daily Journal as a leading specialist as it pertains to foot and ankle sports injuries and conditions. He is also the 2013 recipient of the Team Physician Award from the Indiana State Medical Association Commission on Sports Medicine.

Dr. Porter builds his own strength and agility by exercising and playing golf. He’s also actively involved in the Indianapolis community and local charities. A native of Madisonville, Kentucky, he and his wife Dr. Theresa M. Porter are the proud parents of two daughters.

Areas of Focus

  • Ankle arthroscopy
  • Lateral ankle reconstruction
  • Achilles rupture
  • Navicular stress fracture
  • Fifth Metatarsal Jones fracture



National Dean’s List Phi Society (Phi Beta Kappa), Magna Cum Laude Graduate, 1982
Graduate Assistantship, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, 1983-1984
Research Assistantship, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, 1984-1985
Indiana University School of Medicine Award for Student Research Program in Academic Medicine, 1986
Indiana State Medical Association Sports Medicine Committee, Student appointee, Indianapolis, IN, 1988
Finalist, Mid-America Orthopaedic Association 9th Annual Meeting, Residents Research Award, 1991
Indiana University School of Medicine Award for Academic Achievement, 1992
Finalist, Resident’s Paper Award, Orthopedic Review, 1992
First Place, Miami Valley Hospital Resident Clinical Paper, 1992
Third Place Resident Paper Award, Ohio Orthopaedic Society Meeting, 1992
Winner, Hobart Klaaren Basic Science Award, Wright State University Orthopaedics, Dayton, OH, 1993
Runner-up, Hobart Klaaren Basic Science Award, Wright State University Orthopaedics, Dayton, OH, 1994
Runner-up, Miami Valley Hospital Resident Clinical Paper, 1995
Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Physician Assistant Program in the college of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Butler University. Indianapolis, IN, 1997.
Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Health, Kinesiology and Leisure Studies at Purdue University. W Lafayette, IN, 2002.
Team Physician Award, Indiana State Medical Association Commission on Sports Medicine, 2013

Professional Associations:

American College of Sports Medicine
Alpha Omega Alpha, Indiana University School of Medicine
American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society
Founding President and board member of Methodist Sports Medicine Research & Education Foundation, 2005

Professional Journal Reviews:

International Journal of Sports Medicine
European Journal of Applied Physiology
Foot and Ankle International
Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy
ACTA Physiologica Scandinavica

Team Affiliations:

Indianapolis Colts
Mt. Vernon High School
Indianapolis School of Ballet
Indiana Invaders Track & Field Club
NFL Combine pre-draft physicals
National Invitational Camp
United States Gymnastics Federation Junior Olympics, Senior National Championships
Canadian-American Cycling Challenge
Indiana Pacers Rookie Camp

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