Foot and Ankle Specialists – Services

Foot pain isn’t normal. At Foot and Ankle Specialists, we diagnose and treat all foot and ankle diseases and injuries, including diabetic, advanced wound, and lower extremity trauma care. We perform surgeries, evaluate and treat sports-related injuries, and create prescription orthotic devices.
Foot and Ankle Specialists of West Michigan

Your Feet are in Good Hands

Podiatrists are highly trained physicians, mastering their specialty through years of schooling and hands-on learning. They complete a bachelor’s degree and four years of medical school to earn a Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine (DPM), followed by three years of surgical or clinical residency, and an additional one or two year fellowship. Board certification is earned after three years of practice and the satisfactory completion of oral and written exams.

Being fully certified doesn’t mean podiatrists stop learning. Physicians must stay informed about the latest developments in their field. Considering this hard-earned experience and medical knowledge, you can have confidence in our team of podiatrists.

How Can We Help?

Foot and Ankle Specialists of Western Michigan is dedicated to diagnosing and treating all foot & ankle diseases and injuries including lower extremity trauma. We know how hectic life can be – we work to make a difference in the lives of our patients.

Our Practice Uses Cutting-Edge Treatments to Help You, Including:

  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)
  • Digital Scanning Technology for Custom Orthotics
  • CO2 Surgical Laser for Foot Warts
  • Office Based High Frequency Digital X-Ray
  • Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeons
  • Doctors On Staff at Mercy Health, St. Mary’s Grand Rapids, and Muskegon Hospitals. Additionally, University of Michigan Metro Health Hospital, North Ottawa Community Hospital, and Spectrum Health Butterworth, Blodgett, and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospitals.

About Foot and Ankle Orthopedics

Foot and ankle Orthopedic surgeons are medical doctors (MD and DO) who specialize in the diagnosis, care, and treatment of patients with disorders of the musculoskeletal system of the foot and ankle. This includes bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and nerves.

After graduating medical school, orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons complete a five year residency in orthopedic surgery, followed by a one year fellowship focusing on orthopedic foot and ankle. Board certification is granted following completion of training and certification exams.

What About Surgery?

For many foot and ankle conditions, your physician may prescribe non-surgical treatments such as medication, custom-made shoe inserts, exercises, and rest. However, after reviewing your specific condition and medical history, surgery may be the best option to relieve pain, regain function and range of movement, or to improve the feel of the foot.

Before your surgery, your physician will take the time to carefully explain the surgical procedure and answer any questions you may have. Some surgical procedures may be done right in our office. You may be instructed to have someone drive you home following the surgery.

Depending on your surgery, you may have to wear a splint, cast, or surgical shoe. Post-surgery, you will be told how to care for your foot and how soon you may start walking again. Until the foot can bear weight, you may need to walk with crutches or a cane.

After your surgery, it is very important to follow your doctor’s instructions, take any prescribed medications, and see your doctor for all post-surgery follow-up visits. In treating your feet, your physician may also work with your other health care providers to give you appropriate and comprehensive care.

Physical Therapy

Following injury or surgery, physical therapy is often the best way to recover normal movement in the foot and ankle—and walking patterns are a window into our patients’ conditions. These patterns give us insight into the current level of function and serve as a test to determine the effectiveness of our treatments. Evaluating how you walk is extremely valuable to the rehabilitation process. Often, our patients’ walking patterns dramatically improve after just one session of physical therapy.

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