Ricky Childers, DPM, is a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon who founded North Central Texas Foot & Ankle, with two locations in Decatur and Roanoke, Texas, in 2014.

Dr. Childers was born and raised in West Virginia. He enlisted in the United States Navy after high school, where his initial interest in the foot and ankle occurred after fracturing his ankle participating in a special forces unit in Airborne School. Dr. Childers went on to serve in the Gulf War and is now a proud veteran and was an officer in the Navy Reserves, serving 16 years.

While in the Navy Reserves, Dr. Childers earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences completed at the University of Nevada, Reno. He then went on to attend the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco, California, where he was awarded Outstanding Student in Podiatric Surgery from his class. Dr. Childers remained in San Francisco to complete a three-year surgical residency program at St. Mary’s Hospital.

He also completed a fellowship in Redwood City with San Francisco professional sports teams. In addition to this fellowship, he completed two more in Kurgan, Russia (external fixation), and Lugano, Switzerland. After completing his training in 2006, Dr. Childers accepted a position at a large multi-specialty group in Sacramento, California.

He is also a member of the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons. He performs all types of nerve surgery to the lower extremity, such as for entrapped nerves, injured nerves, and neuropathy. To become a member, you must have been invited and completed the nerve course as well as perform a number of nerve-related cases. This would be of interest especially to anyone who has peripheral neuropathy, including diabetics.

Dr. Childers and his wife, Dr. Samantha Childers, eventually moved to Texas, and have since found a love for volunteer work. They volunteer with an organization called Love for the Least, which they support financially and through mission trips, providing medical care for the people in Kurdistan ISIS effects and the subsequent wars in the area.

Outside of North Central Texas Foot & Ankle, Dr. Childers enjoys being with his family, golfing, backcountry skiing, cycling, hunting, and fishing.