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Our Services

Foot pain isn't normal. At Foot and Ankle Specialists, we diagnose and treat all foot and ankle diseases and injuries, including diabetic, advanced wound, and lower extremity trauma care. We perform surgeries, evaluate and treat sports-related injuries, and create prescription orthotic devices.

ABOUT PODIATRY

Podiatrists are highly trained physicians, mastering their specialty through years of schooling and hands-on learning. They complete a bachelor's degree and four years of medical school to earn a Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine (DPM), followed by three years of surgical or clinical residency and an additional one or two year fellowship. Board certification is earned after three years of practice and the satisfactory completion of oral and written exams.

Being fully certified doesn’t mean podiatrists stop learning. Physicians must stay informed about the latest developments in their field. Considering this hard-earned experience and medical knowledge, you can have confidence in our team of podiatrists.

About Foot and Ankle Orthopaedics

 

Foot and ankle Orthopaedic surgeons are medical doctors (MD and DO) who specialize in the diagnosis, care, and treatment of patients with disorders of the musculoskeletal system of the foot and ankle. This includes bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and nerves.

After graduating medical school, orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons complete a 5 year residency in orthopedic surgery, followed by a 1 year fellowship focusing on orthopedic foot and ankle. Board certification is granted following completion of training and certification exams. 

WHAT ABOUT SURGERY?

For many foot and ankle conditions, your physician may prescribe non-surgical treatments such as medication, custom-made shoe inserts, exercises, and rest. However, after reviewing your specific condition and medical history, surgery may be the best option to relieve pain, regain function and range of movement, or to improve the feel of the foot.

Before your surgery, your physician will take the time to carefully explain the surgical procedure and answer any questions you may have. Some surgical procedures may be done right in our office. You may be instructed to have someone drive you home following the surgery.

Depending on your surgery, you may have to wear a splint, cast, or surgical shoe. Post-surgery, you will be told how to care for your foot and how soon you may start walking again. Until the foot can bear weight, you may need to walk with crutches or a cane.

After your surgery, it is very important to follow your doctor’s instructions, take any prescribed medications, and see your doctor for all post-surgery follow-up visits. In treating your feet, your physician may also work with your other health care providers to give you appropriate and comprehensive care.

Physical Therapy

Following injury or surgery, physical therapy is often the best way to recover normal movement in the foot and ankle—and walking patterns are a window into our patients’ conditions. These patterns give us insight into the current level of function and serve as a test to determine the effectiveness of our treatments. Evaluating how you walk is extremely valuable to the rehabilitation process. Often, our patients’ walking patterns dramatically improve after just one session of physical therapy.

Meet Our TherApists

Foot and Ankle Specialists has a team of accomplished physical therapists to assist our patients through the rehabilitation process.

Renee, Physical Therapist


Renee Hill, PT, DPT

Dr. Hill hails from Grand Rapids, MI. Prior to joining Foot and Ankle Specialists, she treated patients in a variety of local settings, specializing in therapy for work related injuries. Since receiving her doctorate in physical therapy, she has become certified in the Graston Technique. She and her team of PTAs have provided plantar fasciitis treatment to our patients with outstanding results.

Dr. Hill is a member of the Western District of the Michigan Physical Therapy Association, as well as the American Physical Therapy Association. She is an advanced credentialed clinical instructor for both physical therapy and physical therapy assistant students. She served at the state level as secretary of the Special Interest Group of Clinical Instructors for 5 years.  

She and her husband are mentors for Paws with A Cause®. This organization enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained assistance dogs.  

Education:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN
  • Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Physical Therapy, Grand Valley State University
  • BA of Biology, Michigan State University
  • Associate in Science, Pre-Medical, Grand Rapids Junior College
 
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Rachel mast, PTA

Rachel grew up in West Michigan and attended Baker College of Muskegon to achieve her Associates degree in Applied Sciences to become a Physical Therapist Assistant. After graduating in 2016 she worked in a Skilled Nursing Facility as well as an outpatient clinic in Kalamazoo. Rachel’s favorite part about being a PTA is being able to watch people get better! She loves it when people are able to accomplish the things they used to be able to do and more after starting therapy along with the surprise on their faces with how much progress they have made!

Rachel and her husband are active in leading middle school and high school youth groups for the past 3-4 years and enjoy being mentors for many young people in the church. In her free time she loves baking, reading, painting/crafting, spending time playing with her chocolate lab as well as hunting and outdoor activities with her husband and family. 

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FOR OUR PATIENTS

To prepare for your upcoming appointment, please download and fill out our patient forms:

General Health Form

New Patient Form

Returning patients can visit our Patient Portal to view recent account activity.