Welcome to Our Blog

Welcome to the Seattle Foot and Ankle Center, where we provide specialty foot and ankle medical and surgical care.  In this blog you will find educational articles, get updates on what is happening in the practice, as well as articles and commentaries on health in general.  You may also view our Video Library on YouTube … Read more

Ava’s Birthday Lunch

We celebrated Ava’s birthday by resuming our thrice yearly special staff lunches at our favorite local restaurants.  We have not gone out for a year now due to the pandemic, but one of the benefits of the COVID vaccine is that we now can.  Here are Ava and Dr. Hoy enjoying a delicious lunch at … Read more

VIP Approach to Wound Care

Dr. Hoy uses the VIP approach to ulcer care and limb preservation.  This stands for vascular, infection, pressure. Vascular: It is important to make sure there is enough circulation to heal the ulcer or wound.  If the patient has poor circulation, the nutrients and healing factors may not be able to get to the wound … Read more

Patient Appointment Checklist

Is this the first time you have visited a podiatrist? Well, don’t worry. This handy guide will prepare you for your appointment and help make the most of your time with the foot and ankle expert. Before Your Visit: Make a list of your symptoms and questions. Make a list of all medications, allergies and … Read more

Dark Lines on Toenails: When Is It Cancer?

The following two researchers give warning signs for melanoma cancers with dark lines on nails. Learn about other causes of dark lines on toenails. According to Baran and Dauber, suspicion of melanoma includes the following: 1. begins in a single digit of a person during the sixth decade of life (50’s) or later; 2. develops … Read more

How Long Does It Take for Plantar Fasciitis or Heel Pain to Heal?

Many doctors report a 90 percent cure rate for conservative, or non-surgical, treatment of plantar fasciitis or heel pain within a 10-month time frame.  However, they usually fail to describe the actual time frame or the criteria for achieving what they often describe as “cure” or “successful resolution” of the condition. The conservative treatments recommended … Read more

Do You Treat That?

One of the most common questions we are asked is: Do you treat that? As a podiatry practice we treat all conditions of the foot and ankle. Some leg, knee, hip and back problems are also caused by the foot structure, so we treat the foot and ankle as well to solve those problems. The … Read more

Do I Have to Wear Orthotics the Rest of My Life?

Orthotics are like eyeglasses and meant to be worn indefinitely.  Eyeglasses change the shape of light to allow one to see better.  Orthotics change the way ground reactive forces hit the feet, to allow one to walk better.  They work to support certain muscles and ligaments, so that there is not excess strain on them.  … Read more

Foot and Ankle Telemedicine Service for Washington State

Are you suffering from a foot and ankle problem and cannot get to a doctor? Telemedicine is where the doctor visit is conducted wherever you are with your phone, tablet or computer. Telemedicine service is available from Dr. John Hoy, podiatric physician and surgeon from Seattle, Washington. Dr. Hoy is Board Certified in Foot Surgery … Read more

Podiatry for Seattle and Eastside

Have a foot or ankle problem and you are in the Seattle area or Eastside? We can help, whether you are at home or in the office. Don’t let injuries, pain or infections go untreated. Wounds can lead to hospitalizations. You can set up a telemedicine appointment in the comfort of your own home. Or … Read more


COVID toes is the topic of a lecture given by Dr. Maria Del Mar Ruiz Herrera in Spain. One of Dr. Herrera’s PowerPoint slides lists the foot skin manifestations of COVID-19 as a chilblains-like lesion or as a vasculitis-like presentation on fingers and toes that can occur in children, teenagers and adults who have been … Read more