Juha Jaakkola, MD

Foot and Ankle

Bill Phillips - Physician Assistant (PA-C)
Medical School
Medical College of Georgia (Augusta, GA)
Georgia Baptist/Atlanta Medical Center (Atlanta, GA)
Foot & Ankle with Dr. Roger Mann (Oakland, CA)
Board Certification
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Physician Associations
American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS)
Georgia Orthopedic Society (GOS)

Bill Phillips

Physician Assistant (PA-C)
Bill Phillips is physician assistant to Juha Jaakkola, MD for Foot & Ankle. Phillips earned his Bachelor of Science in Adult Health from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in Bloomsburg, PA, and then became a certified athletic trainer two years later. He then earned his Bachelor of Science Physician Assistant from South University in Savannah, GA. He is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Foot & Ankle

Juha Jaakkola, MD

Juha I. Jaakkola, MD, is a board certified, fellowship-trained surgeon specializing in foot and ankle surgery for musculoskeletal injuries at Optim Orthopedics and has been a partner in Optim Orthopedics since 2001.

“What drew me to Optim Orthopedics was the overall sense of camaraderie,” he said. “Here we’re truly helping people and I get immense gratification from that.”

Providing a broad spectrum of foot and ankle care which includes sports injuries, foot and ankle trauma, and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Jaakkola has been winner and runner up for best foot and ankle doctor by Savannah Magazine and voted for a Castle Connelly Top Doctors. He also has experience with advanced procedures such as total ankle arthroplasty, arthroscopy techniques, percutaneous bunion surgery and cartilage repair.

Although Dr. Jaakkola is originally from Finland, he grew up in Florida and attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He received his medical degree from Medical College of Georgia with Honors. Before moving to Savannah in 2001, he completed a prestigious foot and ankle fellowship with Dr. Roger Mann. He has written a book chapter, had multiple publications in peer reviewed journals and presentations at orthopedic meetings.

Dr. Jaakkola and his wife, Holley, reside in Savannah with their two daughters. They are actively involved in the Savannah community including the Historic Savannah Foundation, Bethesda Academy, the Historic Savannah Foundation and the Caretta Research Project. Dr. Jaakkola is a sports enthusiast and avid fisherman.

Why Does This Matter – A Letter From Our Orthopedic Surgeons

Our board certified and fellowship trained team or orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons provide the most comprehensive care in the region.

Podiatrist vs Orthopedic Surgeon

Patients often ask, “Why should I should choose an Orthopedic Foot and Ankle surgeon over a podiatrist?”

The answer is quite simple: Years of specialized training! Our board certified, fellowship trained Orthopedic Foot and Ankle surgeon have completed:

  • 4 Years of medical school
  • 5 Years of residency training in orthopedics
  • 1 Year of fellowship training or an additional year of focused clinical and surgical training in foot and ankle surgery
  • 4 General medical board examinations
  • 2 Orthopedic board exams – written and oral where they must defend their own surgical cases amongst their peers
  • 2,000+ Surgical procedures performed while still in Residency
  • 25,000+ Combined surgical procedures and counting

Foot & Ankle Conditions

  • Achilles Tendon Injuries
  • Adult Acquired Flatfoot
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Arthritis of Foot & Ankle
  • Bunion
  • Bunionette Deformity (Tailor’s Bunion)
  • Claw Toe
  • Deformities of Foot & Ankle
  • Diabetic Foot
  • Fractures of Foot & Ankle
  • Haglund’s Deformity (Retrocalcaneal Bursitis)
  • Haglund’s Deformity (Retrocalcaneal Bursitis)
  • Hallux Rigidus (Stiff Big Toe)
  • Hammer Toe
  • Injuries of Foot & Ankle
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Sprains of Foot & Ankle
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tendon Injuries/Inflammation of Foot & Ankle

Foot & Ankle Procedures

  • Absorbable Antibiotic Bead Treatment for Osteomyelitis
  • Achilles Tendon Lengthening
  • Ankle Fracture Surgery
  • Ankle Fusion
  • Arthroscopy of the Ankle
  • Bunionectomy With Wedge Osteotomy
  • Bunionette Deformity Correction
  • Bunionette Deformity Correction
  • Calcaneal Fracture Fixation
  • Cartilage Repair
  • Charcot Foot Treatment Options
  • Cheilectomy
  • Cotton Osteotomy
  • Debridement of the Achilles Tendon
  • DuVries Arthroplasty
  • Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy (EPF)
  • Excision of Mortons Neuromas
  • Excision of Soft Tissue Masses
  • First Metatarsal-phalangeal Joint (MTP) Arthrodesis
  • First MTP Joint Fusion
  • Fixation for LisFranc Injury
  • Gastrocnemius Recession
  • Haglund’s Deformity Surgery
  • Hammertoe Correction
  • Jones Fracture Fixation
  • Jones Fracture Fixation
  • Kidner Procedure
  • Lateral Ankle Ligament Reconstruction
  • Lapidus Procedure for Bunion Correction
  • Lateral Column Lengthening
  • Mallet Toe Correction
  • Medial Calcaneal Sliding Osteotomy
  • Metatarsal Fracture Fixation
  • Midfoot Fusion
  • Plantar Fascia Release
  • Subtalar Fusion
  • Tarsal Tunnel Decompression
  • Tendon Transfer for Hammertoe
  • Tibiotalocalcaneal Fusion
  • TightRope™ Fixation for Ankle Syndesmosis
  • Triple Arthrodesis
  • Weil Osteotomy for Claw Toe

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