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Speciality: Why Does This Matter Podiatrist vs Orthopedic Surgeon




During our residency, we learned how to diagnose and treat, both conservatively and operatively, conditions not only of the foot and ankle but also the hand, upper extremity, shoulder, elbow, spine, sports medicine and arthroscopy, joint replacement, oncologic conditions, and trauma. By the time we completed residency we logged 2,000, or more, surgical procedures.

After five (5) years of residency we completed an additional year of training in Orthopedic Foot and Ankle surgery where all the skills we learned during our residency were honed specifically on the Foot and Ankle. This additional training gave us a unique approach to treating foot and ankle conditions that separates us from a podiatrist.


Each rotation completed during our residency provided us with unique skills to help us take care of even the most complex foot and ankle cases, and more importantly, to delineate problems that affect the foot and ankle that may actually be coming from elsewhere in the body. For example, many spine problems such as a pinched spinal nerve have manifestations in the foot. If misdiagnosed, can lead to unnecessary tests and procedures.

After years of hands on, specialized training, we have honed a thorough understanding of the anatomy, pathology, and surgical management of the entire musculoskeletal system. This knowledge enables us to take the most comprehensive care of you, our patient.

An excellent example of this is after a total knee replacement, when the delicate balance of lower extremity alignment is changed, often times a previously nonsymptomatic foot becomes painful and requires treatment. This is something that can be addressed potentially before a knee replacement. The foot and ankle is a complex anatomical area and requires skills from all facets of orthopedics to be treated optimally.

Ultimately it is your choice who you seek for your orthopedic and foot and ankle needs. However, without a doubt, we know we are the most educated and qualified to provide your foot and ankle care and would be privileged for you to entrust us with you or your families care.


The Foot and Ankle Team at the Foot and Ankle Center of Excellence Optim Orthopedics

Achilles Tendon Injuries

Adult Acquired Flatfoot

Ankle Sprains

Arthritis of Foot & Ankle


Bunionette Deformity (Tailor’s Bunion)

Claw Toe

Deformities of Foot & Ankle

Diabetic Foot

Fractures of Foot & Ankle

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


Sprains of Foot & Ankle

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome (Posterior Tibial Neuralgia)

Tendon Injuries/Inflammation of Foot & Ankle



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 (Distal Fifth Metatarsal Osteotomy)

Bunionette Deformity Correction (Overview)

Calcaneal Fracture Fixation (Open Reduction and Internal Fixation)

Cartilage Repair, Arthroscopically-Assisted Technique (Zimmer® DeNovo® NT Natural Tissue Graft)

Charcot Foot Treatment Options


Cotton Osteotomy (Medial Cuneiform Opening Wedge 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 (Locking Plate)

Fixation for LisFranc Injury

Gastrocnemius Recession (Intramuscular Approach)

Haglund’s Deformity Surgery (Resection Method)

Hammertoe Correction (PIP Joint Arthroplasty)

Jones Fracture Fixation (Open Reduction and Internal Fixation)

Jones Fracture Fixation (Intramedullary Screw)

Kidner Procedure

Lateral Ankle Ligament Reconstruction

Lapidus Procedure for Bunion Correction

Lateral Column Lengthening (Evans Osteotomy) for Adult Acquired Flatfoot

Mallet Toe Correction (DIP Joint Arthroplasty)

Medial Calcaneal Sliding Osteotomy

Metatarsal Fracture Fixation (Open Reduction and Internal Fixation)

Midfoot Fusion

Posterior Tibial Tendon Reconstruction

Plantar Fascia Release (Open Technique)

Rheumatoid Forefoot Repair

Subtalar Fusion

Tarsal Tunnel Decompression

Tendon Transfer for Hammertoe (FDL tendon transfer)

Tibiotalocalcaneal Fusion (with Intramedullary Rod)

TightRope™ Fixation for Ankle Syndesmosis

Triple Arthrodesis

Weil Osteotomy for Claw Toe

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