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Orthopedics: 912.644.5300
Surgery Center: 912.644.5343

Medical Center-Tattnall: 912.557.1000
Medical Center-Screven: 912.564.7426

Patient Story: An Emotional Journey for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient

I cannot say enough kind words about someone who I feel has basically given me my life back.” Debra Stephens, Patient of Juha Jaakkola, md Debra Stephens can’t help but get emotional when talking about her foot surgery and especially her surgeon. Since 1996, she’s been suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis throughout her body. In her

Optim Orthopedics Foot & Ankle Center of Excellence

Orthopedic foot and ankle specialists are fully trained orthopedic surgeons who have sought additional training in the bones, muscles and tendons that make up the foot and ankle. They have a unique understanding of the way the foot and ankle can affect the entire body. Compensatory patterns that result from a foot or ankle injury

Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon or Podiatrist?

A Letter from Our Orthopedic Surgeons 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

Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgeons:”O” What a Difference!

Did you know that one quarter of your body’s bones are in your feet? And in addition to its 26 bones, your foot has 33 joints, 19 muscles and 107 ligaments that must work together when you walk. That’s why when you sprain an ankle or experience plantar fasciitis, the pain can be debilitating. Because

Runners Invited to Learn More About Foot & Ankle Health

Optim Orthopedics is partnering with Fleet Feet Savannah to present a free educational event for runners on Thursday, Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at Fleet Feet, 3405 Waters Ave. in Savannah. Juha Jaakkola, MD, and Jeffrey Goldberg, MD, both board certified and fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons specializing in foot & ankle,

Hammer Toes

Hammer toe deformities occur when the second, third or fourth toe is bent at the middle joint resembling a hammer. Pain typically occurs from pressure of the toe pushing up against a shoe, or under the ball of the foot due to increased pressure. If the joint at the tip of the toe is bent

Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is an inelastic fibrous tissue layer extending from the heel bone to the ball of the foot (metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joints). The plantar fascia functions to elevate the arch during walking and is the most significant stabilizer of the arch. Typically repetitive injury (strain) to the attachment of the plantar fascia to heel


Metatarsalgia is defined as pain in the ball of the foot. There are several conditions which can cause pain in the ball of the foot. They include inflammation of the joint (metatarsophalangeal joint- MTP), instability of the MTP joint, toe deformities, Morton’s neuromas, and boney deformities creating pressure and calluses. Often increased pressure is caused

Morton’s Neuroma

A Morton’s neuroma occurs when the sensory nerves of the ball of the foot are pinched and inflamed. Morton’s neuroma can occur between the second and third toe, or the third and forth toe. The most common symptom of a Morton’s neuroma is pain in the ball of the foot, often extending into the toes,

Posterior Tibial Tendon Reconstruction

The posterior tibial tendon is a large tendon which runs just behind the large bone on the inside of the ankle (called the “medial malleolus”). The tendon helps support the arch of the foot and helps you to rise up on your tip-toes, therefore it has to withstand a lot of stress over your lifetime.