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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 trauma foot 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.

WHAT ABOUT SURGERY?

For many foot and ankle conditions, your podiatrist 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 podiatrist 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 your podiatrist’s 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 podiatrist 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 & 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
 
Sally, Physical Therapist


Sally Austin, PT

Sally is well-versed in pain management and healing. With 18 years of experience as a Physical Therapist Assistant, Sally focuses on creating individual solutions for painful symptoms. She is certified in acupressure, Lymphedema Management, and medical Qigong for solving difficult chronic pain. Sally brings an approach of mindfulness to her work and life, knowing that the body, mind, and spirit must work together for optimal health.

In her free time, Sally is passionate about practicing and teaching Qigong, spending time with her family and dogs, camping, kayaking, and hiking in the Canadian wilderness.

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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

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