Surgical Podiatry

What Is Surgical Podiatry?

Surgical podiatry refers to the diagnosis and surgical remediation of conditions relating to the feet, ankles, and lower extremities.

This can involve any issue that impacts a patient’s ability to move or effectively use their lower limbs, such as bunions, sprains, torn ligaments, flat foot, broken bones, and so on. People of all ages could require the services of a surgical podiatrist, from neonates to the elderly.

Podiatric surgery is also relatively common in the sporting field, as the lower extremities can suffer impact trauma in full contact sports. Foot and ankle reconstructions are a common specialty for Board Certified Foot and Ankle podiatric surgeons.

What Do Podiatric Surgeons Do?

Podiatric surgeons specialize in providing expert care and treatment to patients with issues below the knee.

Surgical podiatry is a particular specialization following medical school, much like neurosurgery or dermatology. Following four years as an undergrad and four years in medical school, future podiatric surgeons spend an additional 3-4 years honing their skills until they are experts in their field.

Within surgical podiatry professionals can specialize further in certain procedures such as reconstructions, trauma, diabetic limb salvage and sports medicine.

Who Needs Podiatric Surgery?

Anyone who is suffering from any debilitating condition affecting their lower extremities could benefit from a consultation with a podiatric foot and ankle surgeon.

Those who play contact sports are at greater risk of requiring surgical assistance for broken bones, strained muscles or joint reconstructions. People who suffer from bunions caused by tight shoes or genetics could also improve their quality of life through surgery.

How Are Podiatric Surgeries Assessed?

Podiatric surgeries are assessed in much the same way as any other surgery.

Your podiatric surgeon will consult with you and ask you about what is troubling you and what you would like to address. They will collect a detailed history of your injury to determine the likely cause and the best corrective procedure.

To have the most complete picture of what is happening around the injury site, x-rays, MRIs, and ultrasounds may be requested to ensure the surgeon has as much information as possible before the procedure.

Once all the information has been gathered and assessed by the surgeon, they will discuss your options and what they perceive to be the best course of action for you.

What Podiatric Surgeries Do We Perform?

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital is proud to offer an extensive range of podiatric surgeries to our community from one of the leading podiatric surgeons in the state. Some of the procedures we offer include:

  • Orthopedic deformities – bunions, hammer toes, flatfeet, arthritis in ankle and foot
  • Sports Medicine Conditions – tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, sprains, tendon ruptures
  • Warts – hand and feet
  • Ingrown nails
  • Wound care
  • Diabetic limb salvage
  • Emergent fracture repair below the knee
  • Neonate/ Pediatric care consulting and surgical

How Long Does It Take To Recover From Podiatric Surgery?

As with most types of surgery, recovery times for podiatric surgery will vary depending on the complexity and extent of your particular procedure.

Average recovery times for something like a foot and ankle reconstruction can take up to 9 months, whereas a bunionectomy could have a recovery time around 8 weeks.

Whatever your situation, your podiatric surgeon will explain the aftercare required for your procedure and ensure you are set up with any physical therapy or dressing changes you might need during your recovery period.

John Niemela, D.P.M - Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital
Surgical Podiatry
JOHN NIEMELA, D.P.M

Dr. Niemela is an Upper Peninsula native from Marquette, MI. He graduated with Honors from Michigan State University with a Bachelors Degree majoring in Medical Technology. He completed a one year internship for Medical Technology at Hurley Hospital in Flint, Michigan. Following the internship, he worked as a Medical Technologist for three years at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph, Michigan before attending medical school at Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. Before receiving his medical school degree, he earned a second bachelors degree from Scholl College: Bachelors in Biology.

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Everyone in the ambulatory care/outpatient surgery were great!! They all made me feel very comfortable and did a great job!!! thank you to the whole outpatient staff and Doctor Rayner..I would recommend Schoolcraft or patient to anyone in need of surgery

Reviewer: Jeremy Sitkoski

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The care that was provided by The nurses (Cindy, Felicia Ruth) and staff was exceptional. The entire staff was very friendly and made you feel welcome. We received a call from Felicia the next day to check on my husband to check his pain level and do a follow up. The surgery area from check in to check out was well organized, clean, and up to date. Thank you to all of you for what you do so well and everything beyond your normal duties.

Reviewer: Maureen DesChamps

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Dr. Madjar always makes the time to help me understand my issues, risks and options in a way that makes sense to me. SMH has done a great job of assembling a staff I trust more than Marquette and other regional facilities.
Wonderful very understanding
The entire surgical team was amazing from intake, to the surgery itself, to my aftercare. They are kind, compassionate and they took their time to explain things in normal talk.
Wonderful staff,fast service
Very caring and friendly doctor who was gentle and interested in what had happened and how my injury was doing. He explained the healing process and gave me suggestions on pain relief. A very good doctor I would highly recommend.
I thought that Dr Rayne was compassionate, interested in me and willing to listen to what I had to say
Helpful and caring from top to bottom ❣️
We were in the area camping when I got an unfortunate leash burn. The staff here was kind and knowledgeable. They checked me out, fixed me up, and even told us where to get supplies for bandage upkeep. Thanks!
Dr is super friendly, takes his time to explain everything, has compassion and is very thorough!
Very knowledgeable and has a great bedside manner
Very pleasant personality very informative!
Every time I go there, everyone is so awesome and nice! The service is incredible, and the doctors are skilled. Yesterday, I went in for a urology appointment with Dr. Madjar. He was awesome and very professional, and made sure that I felt comfortable throughout the whole appointment. This place is absolutely incredible!
I had a sleep study to see if I need a cpap. I was concerned about having my mouth and nose covered. Tech was very helpful and did everything to make me comfortable. Since I live 1hr away, I wanted to get my lab work done. Registration and lab went above and beyond. Would recommend to anyone.
Very excellent in providing you with a good understanding of what all the test results
I have always had a great experience at Schoolcraft hospital. I am there because I don’t feel well, but everyone there makes me feel better.
Great health care. Love our Hospital. Wouldn't know what to do without our Great care.
Dr. Niemela and his staff are so kind and thorough. He explained everything and made me feel so comfortable with scheduling my procedure
Dr. Bambach M.D. and team did an excellent job. The procedure I was dreading turned out to be a pleasant experience. I'd recommend SMH.
Very detailed, very caring and thorough.
I met with Dr. Randall a couple of days ago and was very impressed. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and was receptive to my inquiries. I would highly recommend him as an orthopedic specialist.
Great dr explains everything really good
Dr Madjar is an excellent doctor. He has taken great care of me. He always answers all my questions.
Super nice doctor and nursing staff. I was in and out in record time with fantastic results!
Always awesome and very informative
I was nervous about my procedure yesterday but everything just fell in place with staff working so smoothly and professionally, very competent and personable. Dr Baumbach is very re-assuring, and his staff follows his lead. Very pleasant. We are very blessed not only to have our great facility, but to have so many kind and skilled people!
Nurses and both Dr Bambach and anesthesiologist were very kind and professional.
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