An Orthopedic Advantage
Let’s get a big one out of the way first: the “orthopedic” part of our name.
We provide orthopedic services for the full body in addition to podiatry care. At times, the two are separate, but you might be surprised to learn how many times they’re not.
Orthopedics concerns conditions of our musculoskeletal structure, of which our feet and ankles serve as the foundation. There are many times when pain in the knees, hips, or lower back can be attributed to an abnormality in the structure of the foot. Just like a house, a flaw in the foundation can start to affect how weight and forces are distributed higher up!
Not every problem is orthopedically related, of course, and we provide expert treatment for all other types of problems that can afflict the foot and ankle. But a vast number of people go through their daily lives with chronic pain due to musculoskeletal problems, and we know how it all fits together. Whether the cause is sudden trauma or an inherited abnormality in structure, we are the go-to practice for proper help.
Extensive Surgical Expertise (When Needed)
We are not a practice that pushes surgery first. If a problem can be effectively addressed via conservative (i.e. non-surgical) methods, that will be our first call to action.
But the reality of the world is that sometimes conservative methods just won’t work in some situations. At those times, you need a doctor who not only fully understands surgical options, but can discuss them in an easy and personable manner.
We take the time to ensure each patient is fully prepared—both physically and mentally—before surgery. That includes answering any and all questions, as well as providing advice on how to set up your home for recovery, if needed.
Our doctors specialize in different aspects of surgery, with specialties in podiatry and orthopedics. Our bodies are complex structures, so having such specificity is beneficial!
Dr. Ripp, for example, completed his 3-year surgical residency at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, one of the top training programs in the United States. He has advanced training in microneurovascular surgery, reconstructive surgery, and total ankle replacement, just to name a few. Dr. Fujii has specializations in arthroscopy, including cartilage repair surgeries and surgical treatment of sports injuries. And that’s just two of our doctors!
After a surgery, we are here to help with post-op attention and rehabilitation as well. It is vitally important that care is seen through all the way to full recovery.