SRO Develops Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Program for Northern California

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Board certified and fellowship trained orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Mark E. Schakel, MD, develops Sonoma County’s Foot and Ankle Program at Santa Rosa Orthopaedics (SRO, http://srortho.com/)

Board certified and fellowship trained foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Mark, E. Schakel, MD.

At SRO's Foot & Ankle Program, it is our job to bring unique, personalized solutions to your unique foot and ankle problems.

Dr. Mark E. Schakel, the only California board certified and fellowship trained orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon north of San Francisco, has worked closely with colleagues at SRO to establish Sonoma County’s Foot and Ankle Program. This new model program that has refined the quality of foot and ankle care in Sonoma County, and has evolved into one of the most highly respected foot and ankle programs in Northern California.

Dr. Schakel’s program offers full-service surgical, nonsurgical, and rehabilitative foot and ankle treatment to patients with foot pain and loss of function. The Foot and Ankle Program teams up with SRO to offer a 10,000 square foot, state-of-the-art physical therapy facility, in-house open extremity MRI capabilities, custom orthotic computer-generated gait analyses, integrated electronic patient records, and a staff of 9 board certified orthopedic surgeons. This comprehensive approach makes the Foot and Ankle Program at SRO the only program of its kind in the Northern California region.

Foot and ankle injuries are common in people across a range of lifestyles from top-performing athletes to sedentary individuals. In fact, 75 percent of Americans will experience some type of foot problem in their lifetime. Each year in the U.S., approximately 2 million people receive orthopedic treatment for ankle injuries alone. Injuries that are not recognized or are improperly addressed can lead to significant functional disability. This may affect quality of life and in some cases have a lasting affects on one’s ability to accomplish everyday tasks.

“At the Foot and Ankle Program,” Dr. Schakel explains, “we work closely with SRO’s experienced physical therapists in order to determine the most effective treatment route based on the latest orthopedic and physical therapy research. I know from experience how complex some foot and ankle cases can be, and my experience motivates me to pay attention to the small details.”

“Bunions, for example, are a common foot disorder in which abnormal bone growth causes pain. There are over 100 surgical treatments for bunions, but, depending on the patient’s foot and body type, pain from bunions can often be dramatically reduced from something as simple as wearing better shoes. It is our job to bring unique, personalized solutions to your unique foot and ankle problems.”

Dr. Schakel’s expertise is an invaluable asset to the quality of foot and ankle care in Northern California. After completing medical school, Dr. Schakel received his fellowship training in foot and ankle surgery under Dr. Roger Mann, a world-renowned orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon. Dr. Schakel has also presented papers at national orthopedic meetings, taught at orthopedic foot and ankle courses, and published articles in numerous orthopedic journals and books.

At SRO, Dr. Schakel is part of a collaborative team of nine multi-specialist orthopedic surgeons, and experienced physical and occupational therapists. In its efforts to bring the best outcomes to patients, SRO has set the model for exceptional orthopedic care for over 60 years. SRO offers patients in-house diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation, sports injury prevention, as well as advanced surgical treatments in joint replacement, sports medicine, trauma care, hand, foot, ankle, and general orthopedic surgery.

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