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Orthopedics: 912.644.5300
Surgery Center: 912.629.3534

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

Foot & Ankle

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The Foot and Ankle Center of Excellence at Optim Orthopedics has three board certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons who specialize in the foot and ankle. Our team of highly trained specialists use the latest technological advances to treat all injuries and conditions of the foot and ankle. From fractures and athletic injuries, to arthritis and deformities, our team provides information, diagnosis and both surgical and non-surgical treatments for a wide variety of foot and ankle problems. The foot and ankle orthopedic surgeons at Optim have received advanced fellowship training specifically for foot and ankle disorders in addition to their five (5) residency in orthopedic surgery. Their focus is on the foot and ankle but they also have an in-depth knowledge of the entire musculoskeletal system (your bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints).

Because every patient is unique, our team will work with you every step of the way to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that will get you back on your feet as soon as possible. Make an appointment today with one of our foot and ankle specialists to find out how they can get you back on your feet again and back to being you.

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Juha I. Jaakkola, MD

OPTIM ORTHOPEDICS: Foot & Ankle

Jeffrey Goldberg, MD

OPTIM ORTHOPEDICS: Foot & Ankle

Christopher W. Nicholson, MD

OPTIM ORTHOPEDICS: Foot & Ankle

Bill Phillips, PA-C

Foot & Ankle

Thank you for your interest in the Foot and Ankle Center of Excellence at Optim Orthopedics. 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

WHY DOES THIS MATTER? 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 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.

Sincerely,

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
  • Bunion
  • 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
  • Metatarsalgia
  • 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 (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
  • Cheilectomy
  • 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

Pre-Op Instructions

If you are having Foot & Ankle surgery please review these important pre-op instructions. Read More

Discharge Instructions

It is extremely important to make sure you follow all discharge instructions after your surgery for the best possible outcome. Please review the Foot & Ankle Discharge Instructions. Read More

What to Expect After Foot & Ankle Surgery

Your surgeon will let you know if you will be able to put weight (weight bearing) or if you will not be able to put any weight (non-weight bearing) on the foot or ankle you had surgery on. For the best outcome, please make sure you following these instructions.

Weight Bearing Read More

Non-Weight Bearing Read More

Patient Education

Thank you for your interest in the Foot and Ankle Center of Excellence at Optim Orthopedics. 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

WHY DOES THIS MATTER? 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 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.

Sincerely,

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
  • Bunion
  • 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
  • Metatarsalgia
  • 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 (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
  • Cheilectomy
  • 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

Pre-Op Instructions

If you are having Foot & Ankle surgery please review these important pre-op instructions. Read More

Discharge Instructions

It is extremely important to make sure you follow all discharge instructions after your surgery for the best possible outcome. Please review the Foot & Ankle Discharge Instructions. Read More

What to Expect After Foot & Ankle Surgery

Your surgeon will let you know if you will be able to put weight (weight bearing) or if you will not be able to put any weight (non-weight bearing) on the foot or ankle you had surgery on. For the best outcome, please make sure you following these instructions.

Weight Bearing Read More

Non-Weight Bearing Read More

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