Published: 2011-07-01 10:21:42
Author: Miki Matsuda, D.P.M., M.B.A.
Whether it is the result of a foot malformation, injury or simply too many years of squeezing into ill-fitting shoes, foot problems can wreak havoc on patients’ feet and on their livelihoods. Podiatric care is designed to ensure continued functionality of the foot and ankle areas. Dr. Matsuda enjoys treating patients with joint and ligament problems, as well as those with congenital deformities, and offers a plethora of surgical and nonsurgical solutions.
Scope of Care
Since joining Wichita Clinic in August 2010, Dr. Matsuda has enjoyed supporting the multidisciplinary atmosphere and becoming a valued member of the team.
"I enjoy working in a collective atmosphere,” she says. “If I have any questions about other specialties, there is someone available to answer them. Because of my familiarity with the foot and ankle, I am able to provide comprehensive foot care in areas, such as transitional foot fractures and reconstructive surgery for various foot deformities and injuries."
Dr. Matsuda sees patients at both Wichita Clinic Founders’ Circle and Wichita Clinic Northeast and specializes in fracture care, endoscopic plantar fasciotomy for chronic plantar fasciitis, and bunion and hammertoe deformity.
"In addition to working closely with trusted medical professionals, a further convenience is the ability to work with ease of access to the surgery center, which is connected to my clinic office. Whether a patient needs an in-office procedure or the support of the surgery center, we can accommodate them quickly and comfortably. As a physician, we have convenient access to medical equipment, staff, CTs and pathology, which speeds up the process for the patient. These are some of Wichita Clinic's many strong points," notes Dr. Matsuda.
Diabetic Ulcer Management
According to a Thomson Reuters study published in the March/April 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, if every American at risk for developing a diabetic foot ulcer visited a podiatrist once before complications set in, the U.S. health care system could save $3.5 billion in one year.
"It is always better to be able to see a patient as soon as an ulcer develops,” Dr. Matsuda says. “As cellular immunity of a patient is suppressed, even the slightest bacterial infection can cause a life-threatening problem.