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Podiatric Surgery

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Podiatric surgical physicians at Group Health specialize in the care and treatment of the foot and ankle throughout a patient’s life. This care ranges from childhood problems through the issues of aging, including injury, disease and deformity.

Meet Group Health's podiatric surgeons.

Disorders of the foot, ankle and lower leg treated include:

  • Bunion – a prominence at the big toe joint
  • Varus deformity – foot that turns inward
  • Diabetic arthropathy – arthritis due to loss of sensation
  • Hammer toe – misshapen toe
  • Fracture – broken bone
  • Jones fracture – long bone break on outer aspect of foot
  • Osteomyelitis – bone infection
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome – compression of nerve in the heel area
  • Neuroma – an enlarged nerve
  • Metatarsalgia – irritation to the bones by the toe area
  • Pescavus – high arch foot
  • Club foot – genetic deformity of the foot
  • Neuropathy – loss of sensation in the foot

Expertise in Podiatric Surgery

Two Group Health physicians specialize in podiatric surgery. The department has expertise in:

  • Biomechanics – how a patient walks
  • Diabetic care – comprehensive care of the feet
  • Fracture care – both conservative and surgical treatment for foot and ankle
  • Nerve testing – to determine nerve damage or compression
  • Orthotics – specialized shoe inserts to correct how a person walks
  • Pain management – for a multitude of lower extremity conditions
  • Reconstructive surgery – due to trauma, deformity or malformation
  • Surgical neurolysis – surgical decompression of a nerve
  • Wound and ulcer care – both venous and diabetic
  • Limb salvage – multidisciplinary approach to prevention of amputation
  • Vascular evaluation – Doppler studies that determine adequacy of blood flow