Dr. Voellmicke has been trained in two medical specialties.
Foot & ankle orthopedists are physicians trained in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of complications of the foot, ankle and related structures. The medical specialty of foot & ankle orthopedics differs from podiatry in that these MDs are trained surgeons that have undergone additional years of schooling and fellowship training. These surgeons are trained as general orthopedists and have vast knowledge in the area of the musculoskeletal system, but have specialized further within the field to provide care specifically for the foot and ankle.
Foot & ankle orthopedists are trained to repair and restore the functionality of the foot, ankle and related structures, through both surgical and non-surgical procedures to treat a variety of disorders, complications, and injuries. These surgeons may provide care for ankle sprains, strains and fractures, tendonitis, bunions, heel pain, hammer toe, diabetic feet, ligament damage, hereditary disorders and complications resulting from rheumatism, among others.
These specialists are capable of performing reconstructive surgeries, salvaging limbs after traumatic injury, providing physical therapy, and providing custom-fitting orthotics, among other procedures. Orthopedic foot & ankle surgeons are trained to evaluate their patients on a case by case basis, crafting highly personalized treatment and rehabilitation plans that are unique for each patient.
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Orthopedic surgery is a medical specialty focused on the repair of any part of the musculoskeletal system. Although the name identifies the specialty as being surgical, not all procedures performed by orthopedic surgeons involve actual surgical procedures or operations. Because the musculoskeletal system is comprised of the muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and bones, there are many different complications and injuries that an orthopedic surgeon may treat.
Orthopedic surgeons may be consulted after a patient has received an injury resulting from spine disorders, hip disorders, musculoskeletal tumors, sports injuries, hand and arm disorders, foot and ankle disorders, limb deformities, congenital disorders and cerebral palsy, among many others. Some of the most common procedures performed by orthopedic surgeons include knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy, carpal tunnel release, removal of support implants, hip replacement, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction and repair of the rotator cuff tendon, among many others.
Orthopedic surgeons not only operate on and treat patients, but they are also often involved in diagnostic procedures and related care. When crafting a treatment plan, either surgical or non-surgical, orthopedic surgeons must take into account any impending side effects of the procedure, as well as the time and effort of rehabilitation therapy that will need to take place, among other factors. Orthopedic surgeons are also trained to educate patients on the prevention of injury and the treatment they are receiving, as well as any diet and lifestyle changes that may be able to assist in recovery or the prevention of further injury.
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