Specialized Ankle & Foot Care
Working exclusively with the foot and ankle, our surgeons integrate all aspects of specialized care by collectively combining their knowledge, experience, and expertise as the foundation of our foot and ankle team at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists.
Our two board-certified orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Padrta and Dr. Shirzad, are fellowship-trained in the foot and ankle and have dedicated their practices to this specialized field of study. With their commitment to continued education through attending courses, lecturing, writing, and actively learning the newest procedures and techniques, our two surgeons are the most highly skilled foot and ankle surgeons in the area.
Conditions we treat include:
- Accessory Navicular on the Foot
- Achilles Tendon Injuries
- Adult Acquired Flatfoot
- Ankle Arthritis
- Bunionette Deformity (Tailor's Bunion)
- Cavus Foot (High-Arched Foot)
- Charcot's Neuroarthropathy (CN)
- Chronic Lateral Ankle PainCorns
- Diabetic Foot
- Fracture of the Heel Bone (Calcaneus)
- Fracture of the Talus
- Haglunds Deformity (Retrocalcaneal Bursitis)
- Hallux Rigidus (Stiff Big Toe)
- Jones Fractures
- LisFranc (Midfoot) Fracture-Dislocation
- Morton's Neuromas
- MTP Synovitis (Capsulitis)
- Navicular Stress Fracture
- Osteochondral Injuries of the Talus
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Peroneal Tendon Tears
- Pilon Fractures
- Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) of the Foot and Ankle
- Sprains and Strains
- Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle
What's the difference between a foot and ankle surgeon and a podiatrist?
While both types of doctors can help return a patient to an active lifestyle, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in foot and ankle has a better understanding of the entire body, including bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. Through this training, an orthopedic surgeon intimately understands the impact that the entire body can have on a foot and ankle condition, whereas a podiatrist's expertise is limited strictly to the foot, ankle, and lower leg.
Orthopedic surgeons have completed more training than podiatrists. In addition to medical school, orthopedic surgeons are required to complete five to six years of residency, and some orthopedic surgeons elect to complete a fellowship or supplementary training in foot and ankle surgery.
They can provide crucial treatment for foot problems related to diabetes and other systemic illnesses. Orthopaedists can also treat heel spurs and fallen arches in addition to bone fractures and the bones' supporting muscles, tendons, ligaments, and soft tissues. They determine the root of the problem and prescribe medications, physical therapy, or surgery to correct the problem.
The Foot and Ankle Center at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists provides our foot and ankle patients access to consultation Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. This access is in addition to our coverage of foot and ankle surgical emergencies at area emergency departments.
Prior to your consultation, new patients will be asked to complete forms, which include medical history, demographic, and insurance information. This information, along with any current diagnostic imaging (X-ray, CT, MRI), will be utilized by your doctor to help in your diagnosis and treatment plan.
Why choose Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists?
Our fellowship-trained foot and ankle doctors at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists completed additional training, specifically in the foot and ankle, and are recognized leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of ankle injuries and conditions. With this advanced training, our foot and ankle doctors, Dr. Padrta and Dr. Shirzad, are recognized leaders in the industry and have the experience and expertise to assess, diagnose, and treat your ankle injury or condition individually to your needs.
See a Specialist
To consult with one of our foot and ankle doctors, please request an appointment online, or call 888-660-2663.
Once you have scheduled your appointment with one of our specialty-trained ankle doctors, please use the link below to obtain our new patient forms and browse through tips and preparation suggestions for your appointment.
“I was referred to Dr. Padrta initially by a retired orthopaedic surgeon who was a personal acquaintance. This acquaintance told me if he needed foot surgery, Dr. Brian Padrta was the man to whom he would turn. Over the course of several years, I have been under the care of Dr. Padrta for four procedures involving both feet, an ankle, and a knee (2 at the surgical center; 2 at the hospital). The first 3 surgeries required me flying from Alaska to be treated by Dr. Padrta—well worth the trip. Dr. Padrta and his staff (Julie and Todd to name two) as well as the staff at the hospital and surgical center have always been friendly, professional, courteous, and very caring. I have come away from all four procedures with uneventful recoveries and successful results. I have recommended Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists and Dr. Padrta to friends and family. I think it speaks volumes that with years between my first and fourth procedures at the surgical center, I actually recognized at least two of the staff. In other words, it must be a great place to work because folks stick around. It was also quite amazing to have Dr. Padrta phone me at home the day after my most recent procedure to personally ask how I was doing. Thank you!!” — Cathy M.