Conditions to Use Orthotics

Orthotics are either functional or accommodative.  Accommodative orthotics are like an egg crate, conforming to bony prominences, calluses or wounds.  Functional orthotics are more widely used; they are like eyeglasses.  Eyeglasses change the angle of light coming into your eyes to help you see better.  Orthotics change the angle the ground reactive forces hit your … Read more

Seattle Gout Doctor

Gout is a very painful condition that involves a red, hot, swollen joint that lasts several days. The condition may come in episodes. The most common location in the foot this occurs is in the big toe joint. A podiatrist can work up the condition. X-rays may be needed to evaluate gouty arthritis, but a … Read more

Seattle Chronic Ankle Instability Doctor

Chronic ankle instability is a condition where the ankle gives way and sprains often, perhaps several times a month or more. The condition may be caused by severe or repeated ankle injuries. Conservative treatments involve bracing and shoe modifications. Stabilization surgical correction procedures may need to be done. What Is Chronic Ankle Instability? Chronic ankle … Read more

Making Custom Orthotics

One of the biggest parts of our practice is the production of custom functional foot orthotics.  Custom orthotics are like eyeglasses for the feet.  Functional orthotics change the way ground reactive forces hit the muscles and joints of the feet, much like how eyeglasses change the way light rays enter your eye.  During consultation appointments, … Read more

Chiropodist vs. Podiatrist

We provide chiropodist, podologist care for Seattle, plus a whole lot more.  With many top companies in the area such as Amazon, Google, Facebook we have people here from all around the world, who may be familiar with the care provided from these practitioners.  As a podiatric physician and surgeon, we provide these services here, … Read more

Orthopedic Surgery vs. Podiatry

What is the difference between orthopedic surgery and podiatry?  There are more commonalities than there are differences.  Both are medical and surgical specialties, and treated by virtually all medical insurance companies and government entities as such.  Its practitioners attended medical school and residency, and go through a licensure and board certification process.  Orthopedic surgeons and … Read more

Pedicurist vs. Podiatrist

One of the most common questions is what is the difference between a pedicurist and a podiatrist?  The most basic answer lies in education.  Pedicurists go to cosmetology school and podiatrists go to medical school.  Perhaps the basis of the confusion lies in one of the tasks that a podiatrist does.  A podiatrist makes sure … Read more

WSPMA 2019 Annual Conference Day 3

Dr. Hoy attended the Washington State Podiatric Medical Association’s Annual Conference at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Washington from April 5-7 as part of his continuing medical education.  Topics covered during the third day of the conference included: Neglected Achilles Tendon Rupture Surgery Central Metatarsal Fractures Non-Operative vs. Operative Treatment Transmetatarsal Amputation Closure Techniques Plastic … Read more