Podiatry Surgery (Foot Care Specialists)

Appointments/Referrals: 617.414.6840

The Division of Podiatry Surgery (Foot Care Specialists) offers a team approach for the efficient and effective management of all foot disorders, including diabetes-related foot disorders. We have collaborative relationships with vascular and endovascular surgery, infectious diseases, endocrinology, rehabilitation services, physical therapy, and the pain center, providing our patients with streamlined access to the expertise of these specialists, as needed, to ensure the best possible, well-coordinated care.

Conditions We Treat

We evaluate and treat the following conditions:

  • arthritis
  • bunions
  • Charcot arthropathy
  • diabetes-related foot disorders:
    • preventive care; care for infections and wounds and diabetic foot ulcers; foot surgery; reconstructive surgery; amputation prevention and management; and education
  • flat foot
  • foot deformities
  • hammer toe
  • heel and arch pain/plantar fasciitis/Achilles tendinitis
  • high arched feet
  • injuries, breaks, and sprains
  • general podiatric orthopedic and dermatologic conditions
  • neuromas
  • painful foot
  • reconstructive foot and ankle surgery
  • skin and nail conditions (ingrown nails, fungal nails, warts, corns and calluses, skin cancer, sweaty feet, psoriasis)
  • sports injuries
  • tarsal coalitions
  • ulcers

We also provide the following services:

  • biomechanics analysis
  • custom orthotics/braces
  • wound care

Our Team

Geoffrey M. Habershaw, DPM
Chief, Podiatry Surgery (Foot Care Specialists)
Assistant Professor of Surgery

Ewald Ray Mendeszoon Jr., DPM
Instructor of Surgery

David Negron, DPM
Instructor of Surgery

Justin Ogbonna, DPM
Instructor of Surgery

Hau Pham, DPM
Assistant Professor of Surgery

Wei Tseng, DPM
Instructor of Surgery

Vitaliy Volansky, DPM
Instructor of Surgery

Our Research

The Division of Podiatry is committed to improving the care of patients with foot and ankle disease through innovative research. Our primary goal is to prevent major amputation in patients with diabetic foot ulcers. We receive many grants to conduct industry-sponsored clinical research trials.  We also conduct our own investigator-initiated research projects to review many of our procedures with the goal of improving the care of our patients.

Current Trials

  • A Prospective, Multi‐Center, Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating the Use of Primatrix Dermal Repair Scaffold for the Management of Diabetic Foot Ulcers. Sponsor: Integra.
  • Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Clinical Study to Assess Blood-Derived Autologous Angiogenic Cell Precursor Therapy in Patients with Critical Limb Ischemia (ACP-CLI). This protocol is awaiting IRB approval. Sponsor: Hemostemix, Inc.

Selected Previous Trials

  • A Randomized Clinical Trial of DermACELL® Demonstrated Superior Healing Rates for Chronic Diabetic Foot Ulcers over Conventional Care and an Active Acellular Dermal Matrix Comparator. Sponsor: LifeNet Health
  • Evaluation of a Dual Action Pneumatic Compression System: Tolerance and Comfort in Patients with Venous Leg Ulcers (in collaboration with Vascular and Endovascular Surgery). Sponsor: Tactile Medical
  •  A Randomized, Prospective, Multi‐Center Feasibility Study of APT001 Plasma/Nitric Oxide Therapy for the Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers. Sponsor: Origin, Inc.
  •  A Phase 3 Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Blinded Study to Investigate the Safety and Efficacy of a Topical Gentamicin-Collagen Sponge in Combination with Systemic Antibiotic Therapy in Diabetic Patients with an Infected Foot Ulcer. Sponsor: Innocol
  • A Phase II, Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Multicenter Study to Assess the Safety and Efficacy of VM202 in Subjects with Critical Limb Ischemia. Sponsor: ViroMed

Investigator-Initiated Research

These studies, which are not funded, are conducted by our residents and attending physicians. All were accepted for poster or oral presentations at national podiatric conferences.

  • Prolotherapy for Achilles Tendinitis
  • Timing of Transmetatarsal Amputation and Lower Extremity Revascularization
  • Toe Amputation in Patients with Neuropathy and Neuroischemia
  • Evaluation of Hemi-Implant in Patients with Hallux Valgus and/or Hallux Limitus/Rigidus
  • Gastrocnemius Recession and Tendo-Achilles Lengthening in Foot Ulcers
  • Neuroarthropathy Change after First Ray Surgery in the Diabetic Foot
  • Antibiotics Requirements after Resection of Osteomyelitis

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