Non-Surgical Care

ABPM Certified

Our experienced Seattle podiatrist, Dr. John Hoy, works with each patient to find the most effective treatment plan for the individual condition. The best outcome is our first priority, so the most conservative approach is usually emphasized to resolve your symptoms of foot pain or ankle pain.

Oftentimes, care of foot and ankle is either dismissive or invasive.  Most foot and ankle problems respond well to non-surgical care with proper medicine and biomechanics.  This comprises 80% of our care and services provided.

We provide surgical and non-surgical care for all ages:

  • Pediatric patients often have foot and gait abnormalities that make it painful to play.  They may also have skin conditions such as warts and ingrown toenails.
  • Young adults may also these skin conditions.  As they become active in sports they may also develop fungal infections and injuries.
  • Middle age adults may develop painful deformities such as bunions, hammertoes and hallux rigidus that may limit an active lifestyle.
  • Senior adults may have underlying vascular disease or neuropathy where self-care with nails, calluses can develop into dangerous infections.

In addition to surgical certification, Dr. Hoy is Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.  This is the highest level of training and education available in non-surgical foot and ankle care.  Board certification provides the assurance to both the public and health professionals that the highest level of achievement has been attained in the specialty area.

ABPM-certified podiatrists include other methods of treatment besides surgery including:

  1. Biological–such as medications,
  2. Orthopedic–such as orthotics and padding,
  3. Rehabilitative, and
  4. Behavioral sciences

Foot Skin Care

One area of foot and ankle problems where non-surgical care is important is the skin.  The skin of your feet may be tougher than anywhere else on your body, but it’s also exposed to more hazards—from foreign bodies to sun exposure when you forget the SPF.  A podiatrist is a foot and ankle specialist who knows the skin of the feet better than any other physician.  If you’ve noticed a difference in the skin on your feet or ankles, make an appointment with us today.

Skin lesions need to be identified and treated.  Many skin, nail, callus and corn conditions are treated with medications or simple surgical procedures.  This is done as part of a medical evaluation and management service.  We obtain a thorough medical history to include medical conditions and medications, perform a thorough medical examination of the feet and ankles, and discuss any findings if applicable.

Our office only accepts patients for routine nail care who are at-risk with peripheral vascular disease, peripheral neuropathy or pain in the nails. The scope of services would be a complete evaluation and management of the feet for all foot and ankle issues and surgical debridement of nails.

Please click to learn about other conditions we can treat with non-surgical methods.

“A simple and complex Thank You for caring for my feet and teaching me how to take better care of them.  I’ve only seen you once about a year ago, but will spread your name far and wide. I was sure I’d have to have the painful process of getting an ingrown toenail dug out. Or even two. But you experimented with extra cleaning and trimming and Voila! I continue to give my feet extra care and have not had a problem since. Your noninvasive ways are greatly appreciated. Your knowledge that you shared I greatly appreciate too.  I thought that I’d never leave my former foot doctor, but….well…’ve got me.  Ava, Thank you for being so kind and easy to work with from scheduling an appointment through to the billing. You two make an excellent team.  Thank you both! Enjoy your summer!” -Susan R.