About Your Care
Podiatric physicians are the premiere specialists for medicine and surgery of the foot and ankle in the U.S. Podiatrists receive a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) from one of seven accredited podiatric medical schools in the country. Podiatric medical school is four years in length after one completes a science or pre-medical bachelor degree program. Podiatrists are defined as physicians and have the ability to prescribe pharmaceuticals and perform surgery. In the state of Colorado podiatrists are licensed and regulated by the department of regulatory agencies under physicians.
After completing podiatric medical school, podiatrists go through residency training in an accredited hospital. Residency programs range from two to three years. Residency programs focus on medicine and surgery of the foot and ankle in close relation with other physicians and resident physicians in orthopedics, family practice, internal medicine, infectious disease, endocrinology, emergency medicine, general, vascular and plastic surgery.
Podiatric physicians vary in the types of surgery they perform and care they provide. They often work closely with your primary care doctor to provide the best and most appropriate care possible for foot and ankle problems. The physicians at Table Mountain Foot and Ankle Clinic have certain areas that they treat often and have a special interest in. For example Dr. Valenti performs a high volume of bunion surgery and difficult foot and leg wounds. Dr. Still often treats nerve entrapments of the foot and ankle as well reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery. Dr. Wetstine enjoys treating running and sports medicine injuries. All of the physicians at the clinic are very experienced in wound care and treatment of difficult wounds of the lower leg and foot.
The podiatric physicians at Table Mountain Foot & Ankle Clinic all believe in a TEAM approach to healthcare. We believe that working with your primary care physician and other specialists in areas such as infectious disease, interventional cardiology, radiology, vascular and orthopedics are important to the care you receive at Table Mountain Foot & Ankle Clinic. All of the physicians at Table Mountain Foot & Ankle Clinic utilize advanced modalities and techniques in the office as well as surgery. Examples are use of skin substitutes and bioengineered tissue for difficult or chronic wounds. Musculoskeletal ultrasound and non-invasive vascular testing can be done in the office. Custom foot orthotics are used very often to help treat a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions.
As surgeons the physicians at Table Mountain Foot & Ankle Clinic have privileges to perform surgery at a variety of facilities. Please see their bios on the site for the locations where they perform their surgeries.