The Practice

Dr. E. James Bodmer

Offices:

Gold Canyon Foot and Ankle

Pinetop Foot and Ankle

Surgeries include:

*Bunionectomies


*Hammertoe corrections


*Fracture reductions


*Tumor excisions, such as, ganglions  and  neuromas


*Heel Spur corrections


*Repair and correction of foot deformities, such as, rheumatoid arthritis

and osteoarthritis

*Ankle stabilizations


*Bone infections


*Foreign body removal


*Ingrown toenail corrections

I provide both medical and surgical services to my patients.

Medical care includes treatment for:

*Heel pain and Plantar Fasciitis


*Ingrown toenails


*Bunion deformities


*Hammertoe deformities


*Diabetic foot care


*Orthotics (Custom made)


*Athletic injuries, such as, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, contusions, and sprains


*Ulcers


*Infections


*Fractures


*Ankle sprains


*Warts


*Corns and callouses


*Arthritis, such as, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and psoriatic arthritis


*Flatfoot and other such deformities

Surgical Procedure Descriptions

Bunionectomies:


There are numerous surgical procedures that correct bunion deformities.  Procedures are selected according to x-ray review and proper history and physical taking of the patient.  A procedure, or procedures, are custom selected for each individual case.  Bunionectomies are a combination of bone and soft tissue repair.   They are performed in an outpatient setting at an outpatient surgical facility or hospital.  A typical bunionectomy can be performed in 35 minutes under I.V. sedation and local anesthesia.  Pain is controlled by the patient, at home, with an oral pain medication prescribed by the doctor.  Post op care is provided by the doctor on a regular basis according to the patient's needs.


Ingrown toenail corrections:


Ingrown toenails are very simple corrective procedures.  They are minimally invasive and are performed under local anesthesia.  Usually ingrown toenails are chronic problems.  They are easy to correct and can be performed within minutes with a chemical which permanently destroys the small offending portion of the nail, or the whole toenail.  Patients usually have minimal pain or discomfort following the procedure and can wear a bandaid the next day.

Heel Spur corrections: Heel spurs can usually be treated conservatively with orthotics, padding, cortisone injections, or  with antiinflammatories.  If the conservative treatments do not work, surgical correction may be necessary.  A soft tissue release of the plantar fascial ligament with a minimal incision can be performed within minutes in an outpatient setting.  This simple procedure usually takes care of the problem.  Other procedures such as heel spur resection and extracorporeal shockwave therapy may be reserved for a later date due to healing time or for insurance coverage issues.


Hammertoe corrections:


Hammertoe corrections may involve releasing a tendon with a minimal incision under local anesthesia for soft tissue contractions, or may involve correcting a rigid deformity which usually involves bone.  Rigid hammertoe corrections can be performed in an outpatient setting within minutes.  They may involve reducing the deformity and fusing a joint, in which case, a pin or wire is used to hold the toe in a corrected position until the bones have a chance to heal.  The pin can be easily removed at home or in the office by the doctor at a later date.