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How To Choose Between A Podiatrist Or An Orthopaedic Surgeon

  • Jordan Stewart
  • March 23, 2015

If you have a problem with your foot and/or ankle, you may wonder whether you should see a podiatrist or an orthopaedic surgeon.

This is actually a very common question. You are not alone, many people have this same question.

Which doctor you end up choosing should truly depend upon your condition and what type of treatment your condition requires.

So let’s take a look at how to choose between a podiatrist or an orthopaedic surgeon.

Podiatrists

First let’s talk about each of these doctors. A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine, or a DPM. Podiatrists diagnose, treat and prevent foot and ankle diseases, disorders and injuries.

Podiatrists treat the musculoskeletal system as it relates to the foot and ankle.

They perform a vast range of surgeries to the foot, ankle, and lower leg including fractures, soft tissue injuries, such as Achilles tendon ruptures, and reconstructive procedures of the foot and ankle.

They also prescribe medications and physical therapy. Podiatrists evaluate and treat vascular disorders, neurological disorders, and skin conditions and are an integral part of the health care system.

Many diseases have symptoms that occur in the foot and ankle. Some of these diseases include diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, and cancers.

Because of their specialized training in the foot and ankle, podiatrists are often the first doctors to detect and diagnose these serious health conditions.

Podiatrists also treat conditions such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammertoes, fractures and sprains of the foot and ankle, and infections.

Orthopaedic Surgeons

Orthopaedic surgeons are medical doctors, or MDs, who diagnose, treat and prevent diseases and injuries of your body’s musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system consists of your muscles, tendons, bones, joints, ligaments and nerves.

Most orthopaedic surgeons specialize in a particular area of the body, such as the foot and ankle, knee, hip or spine. Like podiatrists, orthopaedic surgeons can prescribe medicine and physical therapy and they also perform surgery.

Education and Training

Both podiatrists and orthopaedic surgeons complete extensive schooling and residency training as well as fellowships.

Both podiatrists and orthopedists attend 4 years of undergraduate college. Orthopaedic surgeons complete four years of medical school and a five-year residency in general orthopaedics.

Following their general training, some orthopedists pursue further training for 1-2 years in a specialized field.

After 4 years of undergraduate schooling, podiatrists complete 4 years of podiatric medical school followed by 3-4 years or residency training as well as fellowship training.

While training is similar for both podiatrists and foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons, there is one difference. Orthopaedics surgeons focus on the entire body throughout most of their training, while podiatrists spend all of their training focusing on the foot and ankle and its relationship to the body systems.

Best Advice

Both podiatrists and foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons are highly qualified to treat foot and ankle conditions both non-surgically and surgically.

So when choosing between a podiatrist and an orthopaedic surgeon, the best advice is to choose the doctor you feel most comfortable with and who has experience treating your particular problem.

If you do happen to choose an orthopaedic surgeon, you should choose one with fellowship training in the foot and ankle.

Podiatrist in Maryland

Dr. Jordan R. Stewart of the Timonium Foot and Ankle Center is a Board Certified Podiatrist located just outside of Baltimore, Maryland.

After attending Temple University, one of the top podiatry schools in the country, and graduating in the top of his class, he completed his surgical residency and fellowship training at the University of Maryland Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center, both in Baltimore.

His education and training focused solely on the foot and ankle, allowing him to become a specialist instead of a generalist in this area.

He has been in private practice since 2006, helping patients with all types of foot and ankle conditions.

He continues to study, research, and stay up-to-date on all of the latest information, pertaining to diagnosing and treating foot and ankle conditions.

This has enabled him to become and remain one of the top foot and ankle specialists in the country.

Dr. Stewart has been described by his patients as being caring, friendly, and taking the time to truly understand their problems. On many occasions he has been able to help his patients relieve their condition(s) when previous doctors were not able to.

Ask Us A Questions Or Schedule An Appointment

If you are experiencing a foot and/or ankle condition and would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stewart, give our office a call today at 410-560-2777 or simply fill out the brief form on the top right of this page.

Do You Live Or Work In Towson MD And Need A Podiatrist Now?

  • Jordan Stewart
  • March 22, 2015

Towson, Maryland residents & workers: We have great news. Your town is only minutes from one of the top podiatrists in the area, Dr. Jordan R. Stewart, DPM.

Dr. Stewart’s practice, the Timonium Foot and Ankle Center, offers a full range of services for treating your foot and ankle conditions.

If you live or work in Towson, Maryland and need a podiatrist now, Dr. Stewart is here for all of you podiatric needs.

Convenient Location

Conveniently located off of I-83 North, just minutes from the 695 Beltway, the Timonium Foot and Ankle Center offers free parking to patients. If you take public transportation, the Center is also very close to the Light Rail.

Are you suffering from a painful bunion or an ingrown toenail? Do you get excruciating shin splints every time you try to run?

Have you worn tight, poor-fitting shoes too often and that have aggravated a hammertoe?

Dr. Stewart can help you with all of these issues and much more.

Dr. Stewart offers both medical and surgical care. His mild bedside manner and good communication make him a good fit for all ages.

In fact, his services include a broad range of patient care including:

  • Laser therapy
  • In-office digital X-rays
  • Ultrasound imaging
  • Custom molded foot and ankle orthotics and braces
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Sports medicine
  • Reconstructive foot and ankle surgery
  • And more…

Advanced Treatments For Foot And Ankle Pain

The Timonium Foot and Ankle Center also uses the newly FDA approved Diowave 15W Therapeutic Pain Laser. This cutting-edge laser treatment provides the pain relief you may be desperately seeking to end your foot and/or ankle pain.

The best part is that it’s highly effective and completely safe. The treatment is pain-free and can accelerating your body’s healing process.

Don’t just put up with feet and/or ankles that hurt. When you feel pain in these areas, your whole body can end up suffering.

Foot And Ankle Specialist

Far too often, patients choose to see doctors who are not podiatrists for their foot and ankle problems.

Or they choose to visit pain management clinics that treat the pain and rather than correcting the problem.

Podiatrists are the only healthcare providers whose complete training is focused on the foot and ankle. Never be afraid to see a podiatrist for your foot or ankle issues. Dr. Stewart only considers surgery after all non-invasive treatments have been exhausted.

Credentials

Dr. Stewart’s education includes an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland at College Park. He then attended Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia where he graduated in the top of his class.

He completed a 3-year surgical residency at Baltimore-based Mercy Medical Center and the University of Maryland Medical Center and this included a a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Dr. Stewart is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and is an active staff member at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He is also a member of the American and Maryland Podiatric Medical Associations.

Next Steps

When you are searching for the best foot and ankle care in the area, look no further than the Timonium Foot and Ankle Center.

Call today to schedule your appointment or have your questions answered at 410-560-2777, or simply fill out the form on the top right of this page.

Baltimore Podiatry | Board Certified | Convenient Location

  • Jordan Stewart
  • March 21, 2015

You’ll never be treated as a number. We promise. Let’s face it: No one wants to be treated as a number – not at work, not at home, and certainly not at a doctor’s office.

But it happens. And it happens far too often. When you go to the doctor, you expect excellent care.

You expect undivided attention and to have all of your questions answered. And, most of all, you expect compassion, kindness and results.

You will not be disappointed when you enter the Timonium Foot and Ankle Center.

Convenient Location With Free Parking

Our reputation is so highly regarded that we like to say the experience actually starts in the parking lot! Even before you exit your car, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see that we have free walk-up parking right next to our office.

That means no stairs to climb and no garages to walk though, which is especially nice if you’re suffering from foot or ankle pain.

Sincere Friendly Staff

Once you step inside, you’ll be greeted by sincere smiles and genuine politeness. No grumpy faces, and no rude receptionist who is too busy to look up and make eye contact with you.

We pride ourselves on our service, and that makes us the most trusted “go to” podiatry office in the greater Baltimore area.

When it’s time for your appointment, you will be delighted to realize that Dr. Jordan R. Stewart, DPM is truly as caring, thoughtful and thorough as his patients say he is.

What Other People Say

“I have to say that Dr. Stewart is a friendly and personable guy who cares about me as a person. He is not one of those doctors that get you in and out of his office and I never felt as though as I was treated as a number.”

“At my 1st visit, I was provided much more information regarding my daughter’s condition as compared to my experience with the orthopedist.”

“He took the time to explain the operation, the recovery, and the physical rehabilitation that I would be going through. Dr. Stewart guided me through the whole process.”

The patients have clearly spoken. What else would you expect, though, from a doctor who has successfully treated so many patients who also refer their family and friends?

Board Certified Podiatrist

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At the Timonium Foot and Ankle Center, you will receive the best care from a very reputable doctor.

Dr. Stewart has a prestigious education and background, and he is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland at College Park, he completed his graduate studies at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine.

His 3-year surgical residency was completed both Mercy Medical Center and the University of Maryland Medical Center, both in Baltimore.

Dr. Stewart is also on the Executive Board of the Maryland Podiatric Medical Association (MPMA) and a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)

Schedule Your Appointment

If you want to be treated how all patients deserve to be treated, the choice is obvious: The Timonium Foot and Ankle Center.

To schedule a consultation with us, call our office at 410-560-2777 or simply fill out the form on the top right of this page.
 
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Podiatrist And Board Certified Surgeon To Treat Your Foot And Ankle Needs

  • Jordan Stewart
  • March 11, 2015

When foot and ankle conditions become a problem, contact Dr. Jordan Stewart at the Timonium Foot and Ankle Center.

As a podiatrist and Board Certified Surgeon, Dr. Stewart is highly qualified and experienced to diagnose and treat your foot and ankle needs.

For medical care, to minor procedures, to state-of-the-art reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Stewart will develop a personalized treatment plan for you.

Dr. Stewart and the Timonium Foot and Ankle Center – Patient Centered Care At It’s Finest.

Call today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Stewart at 410-560-2777.

Baltimore Cosmetic Podiatry

  • Jordan Stewart
  • February 28, 2015

What Is It?

It’s important to realize that cosmetic foot surgery is not the same thing as reconstructive foot surgery. While cosmetic foot surgery is performed for the sole purpose of making an otherwise healthy foot look better, reconstructive foot surgery is done to correct deformities that generally cause pain or lead to disablity.

For example, cosmetic foot surgery can be done to narrow the feet or shorten the toes, perhaps so they can fit into more stylish shoes. On the other hand, reconstructive foot surgery is performed to correct issues such as flat feet or a bunion deformity.

The Latest Surgical Techniques

At the Timonium Foot And Ankle Center, Dr. Jordan R. Stewart, DPM, performs reconstructive foot and ankle surgery while being especially attentive to the appearance of the foot.

By using the latest surgical techniques, he chooses the best locations to make incisions and takes into consideration the size of the incision to try and minimize scarring.

Dr. Stewart takes all measures to ensure the foot and/or ankle maintain a healthy appearance following reconstructive surgery.

Potential Side Effects & Risk Factors

Performing cosmetic surgery on a healthy foot that functions well is a controversial issue. The feet provide the main support system for the entire body, as they bear all of its weight.

Highly intricate bones, joints, tendons and nerves allow the body to be mobile. The ability to run, walk and even stand up relies on the feet.

Keep in mind that each foot has 28 different bones and more than 30 joints. When something goes wrong with one or both of the feet, the problem can have a negative impact on the entire body.

Because of the complexity of the foot, the chance of infection, nerve damage and the possibility of poor healing, Dr. Stewart does not recommend cosmetic foot surgery.

Additional risk factors of surgery include those related to anesthesia. Following elective cosmetic foot surgery, scar tissue can form and this scar tissue can make the feet appear even less attractive than they were before surgery and they can also cause pain.

There is also the possibility of developing joint pain and chronic foot swelling. This can lead to problems with walking, playing sports, doing simple daily activities, and wearing shoes comfortably.

Because of these facts, the risks associated with cosmetic surgery on healthy feet far outweigh the benefits. The complications that may occur can not only be severe, but they can be long lasting, painful and costly when trying to fix.

Next Steps

If you need reconstructive foot or ankle surgery, and you want the best chance of avoiding cosmetic imperfections sometimes associated with surgery, your choice is clear: Timonium Foot And Ankle Center.

You will always get the best possible care with Dr. Stewart, who is aware of his patients’ cosmetic podiatry concerns. To schedule a consultation with us, call our office at 410-560-2777 or simply fill out the form on the top right of this page.

Dr. Stewart will go over all of your options with you, so that you can make an informed intelligent decision.

Podiatrist With Office Location Convenient For Baltimore Residents

  • Jordan Stewart
  • February 20, 2015

Are you suffering from a painful or irritating foot or ankle condition? If you happen to live in the Baltimore area, not only can you can get the best care possible, but you can also get it at a very convenient location!

Convenient Access

The Timonium Foot and Ankle Center, practice of Dr. Jordan R. Stewart, DPM, is easily accessible from I-83, I-695 and York Road. Baltimore residents can simply take I-83 North to the Padonia Road exit, and the Center is less than one mile away.

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When your foot or ankle is bothering you, the last thing you may feel like doing is walking far distances. You will be happy to know that the Timonium Foot and Ankle Center has free walk-up parking right next to the office.

There is no garage to walk through and no stairs to navigate. You can just park next to the center and walk right in. Best of all, the parking is free!

All Ages Welcome

Dr. Stewart treats patients of every age and can handle all of your podiatric needs, ranging from in-office digital X-rays and ultrasound imaging to custom molded orthotics and braces.

His specialties include:

  • Sports Medicine
  • Adult and Pediatric Medicine and Surgery
  • Diabetic Foot Care
  • Foot and Ankle Pain Management
  • Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery

The Timonium Foot and Ankle Center also offers two cutting-edge laser treatments onsite: the newly FDA approved Diowave 15W Therapeutic Pain Laser and CoolTouch Laser Therapy.

While the Diowave Laser can treat painful foot and ankle conditions and heal them quickly, the CoolTouch Laser can safely and effectively treat toenail and soft tissue conditions.

Whether you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, an ingrown toenail, Athlete’s foot, gout, hammertoe(s), a stress fracture, bunions, bone spurs or other foot and ankle conditions, Dr. Stewart will get you back on your feet and feeling better.

Board Certified

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Dr. Stewart is Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and has been praised by many of his peers and patients for his knowledge, attention to detail, caring nature, and conservative treatment.

Just take a quick read through some testimonials provided by his patients:

“Dr. Stewart really took his time to do a thorough evaluation and explain in detail the different options for treatment including both conservative and surgical care.” – Elizabeth Molino

“…If you had not been my doctor in the operating room, my foot and lower leg would most likely have been amputated. Thank you for taking the time to save it.” – Dorothy Williams

“I’ve heard several other patients come in expressing the same thing about how their original doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong and Dr. Stewart knew right away.” – Rachel Bauerle

“…You are one of a disappearing breed of doctors who truly cares about their patients as a whole, as a real PERSON! That is hard to find in this day and age and something that I had not found in any other doctor until I met you!” – Pamela Flemke

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Schedule An Appointment

If you want to experience excellence in foot and ankle care and get on the right track to feeling better, give Dr. Stewart a call today at 410-560-2777. You can also fill out the short form on the top right of this page to schedule an appointment.

Top 10 Causes For Top Of Foot Pain

  • Jordan Stewart
  • February 18, 2015

Pain on the top of the foot can be frustrating.

If it’s bad enough, it can prevent you from doing day-to-day activities like exercising or simply walking.

If you’re experiencing this type of pain, there are quite a few reasons that can cause it.

Below we’ve listed the top 10 causes for top of foot pain.

Take a look and see if any of these could possibly apply to you.

If necessary, speak to a podiatrist about further treatment.

The type of pain and the area in which it presents itself will help the doctor properly diagnose your condition.

Stress Fractures

The most common cause of pain on top of the foot is a stress fracture. Stress fractures are often caused by overuse of the foot, especially during high-impact activities, such as running or repetitive exercise. The telltale signs of a stress fracture are pain and swelling that gradually increase over time.

Bone Spurs

A bone spur is a growth of bone that that is more pronounced than the normal bone anatomy. Bone spurs can occur on any bone in the body, but typically occur around joints.

They are caused by repetitive rubbing and pressure over a bone over a prolonged period of time and can also results from osteoarthritis. Your podiatrist will be able to diagnose this problem by a physical exam and x-ray.

Hammertoe

A hammertoe is caused by a muscle imbalance that leads to contracture and prominence of the small joints in the toes. These contracted toes become irritated by shoes, particularly poor-fitting shoes.

The deformity can be hereditary and may be passed from generation to generation. A podiatrist will recommend toes pads, orthotics, and deep shoes as a conservative option and in more advanced cases surgery will likely be recommended.

Athlete’s Foot

Although more common between the toes and on the bottom of the foot, Athlete’s Foot is a common problem that may cause pain on top of the foot. It results from a fungal infection and on top of the foot generally presents as itching, scaling and flaking of the skin.

In some cases the condition may present with painful blisters. Athlete’s Foot can be acquired by walking barefoot in public places. It can also be caused by excessively sweaty socks that are not changed on a regular basis.

If left untreated for long periods of time, secondary bacterial infections can set in and may lead to serious limb threatening conditions. It’s best to see a podiatrist if over-the-counter treatments aren’t successful.

Ganglion Cyst

A ganglion cyst is a pea to golf ball sized benign mass that forms either over joints or tendons. These cyst result from irritation of a tendon sheath or joint and result in a fluid filled mass that can fluctuate in size over time. The cysts generally become problematic when they are impinged by shoes. A foot doctor can drain the cyst with a needle, however the mass can recur and sometimes your podiatrist will have to surgically remove the mass.

Osteoarthritis

Any joint in the foot or ankle is subject to degenerative changes over time. The joints across the midfoot and the big toe joint are the most common joints in the foot to develop arthritis.

This condition occurs from high impact activity as well as aging and leads to a breakdown of the cartilage surfaces. This leads to bone on bone contact and pain. Your podiatrist will diagnose this condition with x-rays and a thorough physical exam.

Extensor Tendinitis

Tendinitis is a condition that occurs when tendons develop fluid around them leading to pain and swelling. When the extensor tendons on the top of the foot develop tendinitis, the pain can be felt by moving the toes or the ankle.

Extensor tendonitis is often brought on by foot or ankle injuries or by wearing shoes that are too tight. Your podiatrist will evaluate and treat tendinitis with a comprehensive treatment plan.

Nerve Entrapment

Nerve entrapment occurs when the nerves providing sensation to the foot become irritated or trapped by either tissue or bone. In some cases, the nerves on top of the foot can become crushed or pinched from an injury to the foot.

The pain is often shooting or burning. You may also experience a sensation like pins and needles or even numbness. Nerve injuries generally take a long time to improve and in some case can lead to permanent changes in sensation.

Gout

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis caused by high amounts of uric acid in the blood. These acids precipitate in the joint and crystallize and lead to severe pain in the involved joints.

Although all joints in the foot and ankle can be affected by gout, it most commonly occurs in the big toe joint. Gout is managed with medications, injections, diet modifications, and in some cases surgery. Failure to treat gout can lead to severe disability.

Tarsal Coalition

Tarsal coalition is a condition in which 2 or more bones in the middle or the back of the foot are fused together. This congenital condition often begins affecting a person between the ages of 10 to 15.

The coalition leads to a painful flat foot. A podiatrist will generally begin treating the condition with custom orthotics, yet in more severe cases your podiatrist may need to perform surgery to correct the condition.

Top Of Foot Pain Consultation

If you are experiencing top of foot pain and would like to have it checked out, give us a call at 410-560-2777 or fill out the form on the top right of this page.

Discovering the condition that is causing your top of foot pain will let you know what your treatment options are and the quickest path to recovery and pain free walking.

What Is A Podiatrist And What Does A Podiatrist In Baltimore Do?

  • Jordan Stewart
  • February 10, 2015

Your foot and/or ankle have been incredibly sore and tender lately. It hurts when you walk. As you think about calling your family doctor, you wonder if you should call a podiatrist instead…but you may not be exactly sure what they do?

Good thinking! Your intuition happens to be correct. A podiatrist is the only type of healthcare provider who has specialized and complete training in the foot and ankle.

A podiatrist, otherwise known as a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), diagnoses, treats and helps to prevent foot and ankle injuries, diseases and disorders. They also deal with leg issues caused by foot and ankle conditions. A podiatrist can perform surgery, as well as prescribe medications, and physical therapy.

Because many diseases have symptoms that tend to occur in the foot and ankle regions, podiatrists are often able to detect serious health conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease or arthritis.

You may not realize it, but podiatrists are educated in a mixture of areas including dermatology and orthopedics. Some podiatrists specialize in a particular area, such as sports medicine or geriatrics. However, many have practices that offer a variety of specialties.

Let’s take for example Baltimore-based Dr. Jordan R. Stewart, DPM. Dr. Stewart’s practice, The Timonium Foot and Ankle Center, offers a large variety of podiatric services to its patients.

Some of these include:

  • Treatment For Adults and Children
  • In-Office Digital X-rays
  • Ultrasound Imaging
  • Laser Therapy (For Pain and Toenail Conditions)
  • Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Custom Foot Orthotics
  • Sports Medicine Care
  • Diabetic Foot Care
  • Pain Management
  • Nail and Skin Conditions
  • Durable Medical Equipment for The Foot and Ankle
  • Second Opinion Evaluation

Dr. Stewart is able to handle all types of podiatric needs for patients of all ages. He has been praised by his patients as being easy mannered, friendly, caring, and spending quality time with them without feeling rushed.

It takes eight years of schooling in both under-graduate and graduate programs to become a podiatrist. Dr. Stewart, for example, attained his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland at College Park. He then went on to attend one of the top podiatry schools in the nation at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia.

Following his schooling, Dr. Stewart then completed a 3-year surgical residency at Baltimore-based Mercy Medical Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His third year of training included a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Dr. Stewart is also certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. A podiatrist can become board certified when they receive advanced training and clinical experience. They must also pass an in- depth, thorough exam.

Podiatrists stay current and updated on the latest technology to treat foot and ankle conditions. When Dr. Stewart is not seeing patients, he spends time studying and researching new advancements in podiatric medicine, and only recommends the most effective treatments to his patients.

One of these is the Diowave 15W Therapeutic Pain Laser to treat pain in the foot and ankle. This FDA-approved laser is highly effective in treating pain, while at the same time being a pain-free treatment process with no side effects.

Another new type of technology Dr. Stewart uses in his practice is called CoolTouch Laser Therapy. This laser painlessly and quickly treats toenail and soft tissue conditions without the use of medication. This makes your recovery much faster and avoids the side effects of oral medications.

Dr. Stewart only performs surgery in the when necessary and only after all non-invasive treatments have been exhausted. He has extensive surgical experience and has been praised by his peers for his dedication and excellence in this area. Here is what one of his patients had to say:

“I can’t thank Dr. Stewart enough for taking good care of me. As his peers stated, he is a very precise surgeon whose work is exemplary.”

Podiatrists are the most qualified doctors to take care of your foot and ankle problems. If you have a foot and/or ankle condition and would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stewart, give us a call at 410-560-2777 or simply fill out the brief form on the top right of this page.

Here are some things that his patients regularly say about him:

“I would absolutely recommend Timonium Foot and Ankle, Dr. Stewart and his staff to anyone. I want to give them all a HUGE Thank You !!!”

“I have been very happy with him and have referred several of my friends and family to see him.”

“Dr. Stewart and his staff are the best!!!!”

“I highly recommend the Timonium Foot and Ankle Center to anyone who has foot and/or ankle issues. My family and I are so grateful to Dr. Stewart for helping us all out.”

10 Tips For Finding The Best Foot Surgeon In Maryland

  • Jordan Stewart
  • February 6, 2015

Are you in search of a foot surgeon in Maryland?

Before you make an appointment with the first doctor that pops up when you search Google, read our 10 tips for finding the best foot surgeon in Maryland.

1. Understand what a foot surgeon does.

Foot and ankle surgeons are doctors who treat issues with the musculoskeletal system of the ankle and foot. Foot surgeons can diagnose and treat issues with bones, joints, ligaments, nerves, tendons and skin around the foot and ankle. They can treat foot injuries with non-invasive treatments, as well as perform reconstructive procedures. Working with physicians who specialize in other areas, a foot surgeon can admit patients to the hospital when needed and recognize other medical issues that may cause foot problems.

Let’s take, for example, Jordan R. Stewart, DPM, a Maryland podiatrist who specializes in diagnosing, treating and preventing foot and ankle disorders. The ”DPM” at the end of his name stands for “doctor of podiatric medicine”. A DPM is the only health care professional whose complete training centers around the foot, ankle and related body systems.

2. Evaluate the surgeon’s clinical background.

It’s important to make sure the surgeon you choose has a solid clinical background. You will want the best care and expertise possible when it comes to your foot surgery. Dr. Stewart received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland at College Park, and completed his graduate studies at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia. He then completed a 3-year surgical residency at Mercy Medical Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, both in Baltimore.

3. Ensure that the foot surgeon is board certified.

When selecting a foot surgeon, be sure to ask if he or she is board certified. This means that the surgeon has gone though rigorous testing and evaluation to become a specialist in a particular field. Dr. Stewart is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and is on the Executive Board of the Maryland Podiatric Medical Association (MPMA). Dr. Stewart is also an active staff member at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, and is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).

4. Know what the surgeon’s practice specializes in.

Be sure that the surgeon’s practice specializes in your condition. You will want a surgeon that can meet your exact needs. Dr. Stewart’s practice, Timonium Foot and Ankle Center, specializes in the following:

  • Laser therapy for toenail and soft tissue conditions
  • Therapeutic Pain Laser used to treat painful foot and ankle conditions
  • In-Office Digital X-rays
  • Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
  • Ultrasound Imaging
  • Custom Molded Foot and Ankle Orthotics and Braces
  • Durable Medical Equipment – Walking Boots, Surgical Shoes, Crutches, Ankle Braces, and Splints
  • Adult and Pediatric Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
  • Geriatric Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
  • Sports Medicine Care
  • Treatment of Work Related Injuries
  • Diabetic Foot Care
  • Pain Management for Foot and Ankle Conditions
  • Treatment of Nail and Skin Conditions
  • Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Second Opinion Consultations

5. Research the surgeon’s experience with your condition.

The more experience a surgeon has with your particular condition, the better treatment you will receive. Calling the surgeon’s office with questions and researching online are two ways to determine if a surgeon is the right one for you.

6. Be sure that the surgeon you choose only recommends surgery after non-invasive treatments are exhausted.

Any type of surgery is a big decision. Before you have surgery, make sure that you have tried all available non-invasive options first. Dr. Stewart focuses on conservative patient care, and only performs surgery when it is absolutely necessary.

7. Ask if the surgeon offers laser therapy.

If your foot issue involves an injury, laser therapy – rather than surgery – may be for you. Timonium Foot and Ankle Center offers the Diowave 15W Therapeutic Pain Laser, the latest class 4 medical laser in podiatry. Recently cleared by the FDA, this laser treatment is pain-free and can reduce your inflammation and pain. It enables cell growth and tissue repair to occur quickly, so you have a short recovery time. This type of laser therapy treats your problem instead of masking it with other remedies such as oral painkillers.

8. Find out if in-center x-rays and ultrasound are offered in the surgeon’s office.

It’s always convenient when you don’t have to go to a location outside of your doctor’s office for x-rays or an ultrasound image. Timonium Foot and Ankle Center offers in-office digital x-rays and state of the art ultrasound imaging.

9. Inquire about second opinion consultations.

Because surgery is a big deal – no matter how serious the condition is, you may want a second opinion. If you have already been diagnosed with a foot or ankle problem, but want a second opinion, you can get one at Timonium Foot and Ankle Center.

10. Ensure that the surgery center lets you know the costs associated with the surgery up front.

The last thing you want is to have surgery and then be surprised by costs afterward. The cost of any type of surgery will depend upon your health insurance coverage. Your total surgery or a fraction of it may be covered. Surgery costs will depend on your insurance carrier and the type of plan that you have. The staff at Timonium Foot and Ankle Center is happy to check your benefits for you to let you know the entire cost up front.

By using these 10 tips for finding a foot surgeon, you will rest assured that you did the proper due diligence in finding the best surgeon for your needs.

Dr. Jordan R. Stewart

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Dr. Jordan R. Stewart of The Timonium Foot and Ankle Center, located directly off of Interstate 83 just a few minutes off of the Baltimore Beltway, is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

He completed his surgical residency at Mercy Medical Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His time at U of M also included a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery in the Department of Orthopaedics.

During his residency, and now private practice, Dr. Stewart has gained extensive experience in performing surgery on the foot and ankle.

He has gained the reputation of being a conservative doctor, only using surgery as a last resort. His patients have praised him as being a gentle doctor who uses extreme care in his procedures. This helps his patients recover more quickly with less pain.

Please visit our testimonials page to see some of his surgical reviews by many of his patients. You will see many instances where Dr. Stewart was able to help patients that had previously felt that their condition was unable to be successfully treated.

If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stewart please call our office at 410-560-2777 or simply fill out the form on the top right of this page.

Dr. Stewart’s schedule fills up quickly, so call right away for a convenient appointment time.

Bunion Surgery

  • Jordan Stewart
  • January 21, 2015

A bunion is a bony prominence where your big toe meets the metatarsal bone.

Over time, the bone can become enlarged resulting in pain.

Common symptoms you may feel include tenderness and redness.

Sometimes the pain can become so severe that you can’t walk properly or even put on your shoes. When all non-invasive treatments have been exhausted, your podiatrist may recommend bunion surgery.

Interestingly enough, there are well over a hundred different types of surgeries for bunions! There’s no single type of bunion surgery that has ever been rated best.

After careful clinical and radiologic evaluation, your doctor will choose the procedure that will best correct your particular condition. Sometimes more than one procedure will be done during the surgery.

While complete pain relief may not be achieved by having bunion surgery, more often than not the surgery greatly helps with the problem, particularly being able to get your feet back into a shoe.

Procedure

Typically, bunion surgery begins as the surgeon makes an incision on the top or side of your big toe joint. He or she will then remove or realign the soft tissue and bone. The goal of bunion surgery is to restore normal alignment to your joint and to reduce pain. With more advanced deformities, your surgeon may use screws or wires to hold the bone in place.

Types of bunion surgery include:

  1. Simple bunionectomy: During this surgery, the prominent bone is removed.
  2. Osteotomy: In an osteotomy, the surgeon will cut your bone, realign it to the corrected position, and secure the bone with either a screw, wire, or a plate with screws.
  3. Resection Arthroplasty: During this surgery, the prominent bone is removed in conjunction with removal of the base of the big toe.
  4. Soft tissue realignment.
  5. Fusion procedure: During the surgery, the big toe joint is fused therefore correcting the deformity and eliminating any pain associated with the joint.
  6. Lapidus procedure: During this surgery, the surgeon will fuse the joint where the metatarsal bone attaches to a section of the mid-foot.
  7. Opening wedge osteotomy: During this surgery, the metatarsal bone is cut and shifted and fixed with a plate and screws.
  8. Joint implant: During this surgery, the surgeon with replace the painful joint.

Recovery Time

Recovery from bunion surgery can last anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months and this time is determined by the procedure performed. For more simple procedures the recovery is shorter, while more involved procedures that require cutting of bone and/or joint fusion generally have a longer recovery.

During recovery, your foot with be in a dressing that will need to remain dry and covered when you bathe or shower. External stitches are usually removed within 14 days, while deeper stitches absorb on their own.

With simpler procedures, walking can begin within days of surgery, yet more involved procedures can requires 6 weeks of non-weight bearing with a cast and crutches or a roll about device.

With simpler procedures it generally takes 6 to 8 weeks to be able to resume normal activities, while more involved procedures can take 3-6 months to return to normal activities.

Cost

The cost of your bunion surgery will depend on your health insurance coverage. The total amount of your surgery or just a fraction of it may be covered. All of your costs will depend on your insurance carrier and the type of plan that you have. Here at the Timonium Foot and Ankle Center, we are happy to check your benefits for you to let you know the entire cost up front.

Before And After Pictures Courtesy of Jordan R. Stewart, DPM

Bunion-Before-and-After

Bunion Consultation

If you are suffering from a painful bunion, you do have options.

Schedule a bunion consultation with Dr. Stewart at the Timonium Foot and Ankle Center to have your bunion(s) evaluated and discover your options for treatment.

Dr. Stewart always recommends the least invasive options first and only resorts to surgery as a last option.

See what a few of his patients had to say after their bunion surgeries:

“I listened to Dr. Stewart and took my recovery at a slow pace. He would gradually allow me to add on to my activities. Exactly 4 months, after my surgery, I completed a 100 mile bicycle ride….PAIN FREE!” – Eley Welkner

“I suffered from a painful bunion deformity for at least five years. My pain continued and I decided to undergo bunion surgery by Dr. Stewart. He guided me through my recovery and I’m happy to say that I am 100% pain-free.” – Michael Thompson

Give us a call today at 410-560-2777 or fill out the short form on the top right of this page to schedule your bunion consultation with Dr. Stewart.

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