Foot & Ankle Program now Available at Petaluma Office

Dr. Schakel is the director of the Foot & Ankle Program at SRO and as such he specializes in treating problems of the foot and ankle. He has extensive experience in treating problems of the foot and ankle, including reconstructive, traumatic, sports-related and congenital problems. The Foot and Ankle Program at SRO is the only foot program of its kind in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lake and Humboldt counties with a fellowship-trained orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon and an in-house physical and occupational therapy program. Dr. Schakel works with patients of all ages, walks of life and activity levels, including high school and college athletes.

The Importance of the Foot and Ankle Program

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., an estimated two million people are treated by orthopaedists 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 impact one’s ability to accomplish everyday tasks.

“At the Foot and Ankle Program, at SRO” 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.”

The Foot and Ankle Program at SRO provides state-of-the-art care for all types of problems related to the foot and ankle. This includes, but is not limited to;

  • trauma of the foot
  • post-traumatic reconstruction of the foot and ankle
  • foot deformities related to neuromuscular, arthritic and congenital conditions
  • tendon injuries of the hind foot and ankle
  • sports-related injuries
  • foot complications of diabetes mellitus

About SRO’s Petaluma Office

The Petaluma office affords patients comfortable patient exam rooms, a full-service casting room, access to SRO sports medicine and rehabilitation services and on-site x-ray services. Multi-specialist orthopaedic surgeons Dr. Neema Pourtaheri , Dr. Dominic Mintalucci, Dr. Christian Athanassious, Dr. Mark Schakel and Dr. Michael McDermott make up the expanded orthopaedic care team who are available by appointment at SRO’s Petaluma site. Together these exceptional physicians provide the most up-to-date, medically appropriate treatment.

The SRO team treatment model extends to the new location focuses on diagnostics and meticulous surgical details in addition to carefully monitored post-surgical recovery. A collaborative approach in treatment helps to assure quality of care and delivers successful results for patients. Services at the Petaluma office incorporates on-site diagnostic x-ray and SRO’s fully automated and HIPAA-compliant electronic records system coordinated to achieve the highest level of patient recovery.

SRO’s Foot and Ankle program emphasizes the importance of a comprehensive evaluation in order to develop a proper diagnosis. Following diagnosis, the team implements the latest treatments and surgical techniques to restore function and relieve pain. To make an appointment with Dr. Schakel call 707 546-1922.