What are Orthotics?

Dr. Hoy graduated from the medical school that invented the science of orthotic therapy.  He uses orthotics, both over-the-counter and custom, to treat a variety of foot and ankle pathology. Many patients who experience specific foot conditions may benefit from wearing orthotics. They are defined as devices that are inserted into shoes, and are known … Read more

What Is Cuboid Syndrome?

Cuboid dislocation is a debilitating condition that may be treated with physical adjustment. If the cuboid bone shifts out of place as a result of overuse or from an injury, it is typically referred to as cuboid syndrome. The pain that is associated with this condition is generally felt on the outside of the foot, … Read more

Repetitive Motions and Stress Fractures

Stress fractures are treated immediately when there are signs that indicate the condition.  The stress fracture may not show up on x-ray until 2 weeks after it develops. The causes of stress fractures often include an injury to the bone that has occurred from overuse. Research has indicated the feet may endure approximately twelve times … Read more

Seattle Heel Pain Doctor

Effectively treating heel pain requires a correct diagnosis and effective treatments that are based on a patient’s lifestyle. Research has indicated that there are several forms of heel pain. The most common type is referred to as plantar fasciitis, and this occurs as a result of an inflamed plantar fascia. This is the band of … Read more

Foot Care for Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a wear and tear arthritis that is generally treated with various types of immobilization.  We also treat patients with various other types of arthritis, working with other physicians such as primary care and rheumatology. Osteoarthritis commonly affects the joints in the feet and ankles. There are many non-surgical ways to manage the pain … Read more

Symptoms of Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is a condition that is difficult to treat with few options.  Dr. Hoy can help you to identify the right treatment and prevent the condition in the future. The medical term for toenail fungus is onychomycosis. This type of fungus typically lives and thrives in warm and moist environments, which often include public … Read more

Diabetic Foot Care and Amputation Prevention

Dr. Hoy, having practiced in areas such as South Texas, as well as the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital, where diabetes is prevalent, is experienced and passionate about diabetic wound care and limb salvage. Diabetic limb salvage is often suggested when a person with diabetes has a limb amputated. Diabetic effects can lead to poor circulation of … Read more

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprain is a condition that needs to be assessed by a podiatrist, who can take x-rays to make sure a broken bone or other serious injury has not occurred.  The podiatrist will also make sure it is properly stabilized to maximize healing, and provide exercises when it’s the right time. A common ankle injury … Read more

Types of Arthritis That Can Affect the Feet

There are many types of arthritis that can affect the feet.  We work with other specialists such as your primary care physician and rheumatologists, as well as provide local foot and ankle care, to get the condition under control. The medical condition that is known as arthritis often causes pain and swelling in the joints … Read more

Role of Podiatrists in Long Term Care Settings

One of the settings in which Doctors of Podiatric Medicine work is in long-term care.  Since 2005 Dr. Hoy has been serving residents of all types of long-term care settings in the Seattle area.  These include facilities such as skilled nursing, assisting living, memory care, adult family home, independent living. Often when a podiatrist is called … Read more