Sports Medicine injuries
Dr. Westermeyer has many years of experience treating the amateur and professional athlete conservatively and if necessary, surgically. Common athletic injuries such as sprained ankle, ankle fracture, chronic ankle pain, Lisfrancs dislocation, metatarsal fractures, plantar fasciitis and tendon ruptures can be devastating but treatable injuries to the weekend warrior and professional athlete. Because of recent advances in both biologic implants, biologic injectables, and dynamic permanent implants the practice of sports medicine has evolved to be much more effective especially with quicker recovery and return to competition and athletic activities. Dr. Westermeyer uses biologic and dynamic implants from companies such as Wright medical, Arthrex and Smith and Nephew. Dr. Westermeyer has been an competitive athlete all of his life and sustained a few athletic surgical injuries himself. So he is empathetic and understanding with all athletic injuries.
Adult Arthritic Arch and Ankle Surgery
Dr Westermeyer has perfected and pioneered many variations of arch and rear foot reconstructive procedures for adults that have severe deformities from either an injury or a progressive arthritic debilitating condition. Because of the recent advancement in surgical research and development procedures to correct these deformities, injuries and arthritic conditions can be performed with much more reliability, less pain and quicker healing time.
Diabetic Wounds and Bone Infections
Wound care these days is becoming a more popular and aware medical treatment by dedicated clinicians and their clinics. However, Dr Westermeyer has treated these conditions successfully over the years with both surgical and non surgical means because these conditions invariably require off loading of the offending part of the foot that is causing the ulcer and or infection. Too many times “wound clinics” fail to appreciate the need for surgical treatment of the actual cause of the ulcer.
If your child has a tendency for foot problems you should know that a proper orthotic for your child can dramatically improve their foot function and condition as an adult. Over the years, Dr. Westermeyer has perfected a somewhat different type of an orthotic that produces more control of the foot. This type of prescription orthotic can prevent congenital flat foot deformities from forming later on in your child’s life. Orthotics on an adult can dramatically reduce symptoms but it wont change a deformity. Orthotics on a child can limit or maybe even correct a congenital deformity or flat foot condition if worn faithfully and started soon enough. This is because the younger the child is the more malleable and shapeable their bone structure is. The sooner in your child's life that an orthotic is used the more effective and more profound benefit it will have in their adult life. Every day of a child’s treatment missed is a day of golden opportunity missed.
Dr. Westermeyer performs all of the basic foot and ankle procedures that most modern podiatrists offer ranging from nail care to ankle surgery and casting. However, Dr. Westermeyer also performs flat foot and other advanced procedures on children that most podiatrists may not perform. He has performed these procedures with considerable success and parental satisfaction for quite some time. The procedures for children tend not to involve having to cut or handle the bone. They tend to be what we call soft tissue in nature. The beauty of this is that children having these types of procedures recover remarkably quick and many times have little need for pain medication or missing much school. Because children's bones are still growing (their growth plates are still open) their feet are more malleable therefore soft tissue procedures are very effective for them.