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 invasive or dismissive.  Other local specialists may only want to do a major surgery, or have the condition treated by a nurse or other midlevel provider.  Most foot and ankle problems respond well to non-surgical care with proper medicine and biomechanics.  Dr. Hoy is also a foot and ankle doctor.  Non-surgical care 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 care of 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.  Skin lesions need to be identified and treated.  A podiatrist is a foot and ankle specialist who knows the skin of the feet better than any other physician.  We also have a great role to play in limb preservation.  If you’ve noticed a difference in the skin on your feet or ankles, make an appointment with us today.

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

“Excellent communication skills, thorough assessment of my issue to provide mitigation and not go directly to surgery.” -Anna C.K.