Orthopaedic surgeon Mark E. Schakel, M.D. of Santa Rosa Orthopaedic’s was recently chosen as among the top orthopaedic doctors by Sonoma Magazine’s Top Doctors survey.

Sonoma Magazine’s Top Doctor survey was sent out to local doctors who were then asked which medical specialist they would most often recommend to a loved one, and 327 professionals emerged as top docs in 50 categories of medicine. Survey results revealed that Dr. Schakel is viewed as exemplary in his field of expertise, which is no surprise to the many patients who have benefited from his expertise.

About Dr. Schakel

Mark E. Schakel, M.D.

Mark E. Schakel, M.D.

Dr. Schakel is the director of the Foot & Ankle Program at SRO and as such he specializes in treating problems of the foot and ankle. He has extensive experience in treating problems of the foot and ankle, including reconstructive, traumatic, sports-related and congenital problems. The Foot and Ankle Program at SRO is the only foot program of its kind in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lake and Humboldt counties with a fellowship-trained orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon and an in-house physical and occupational therapy program. Dr. Schakel works with patients of all ages, walks of life and activity levels, including high school and college athletes.

The Importance of the Foot and Ankle Program

Foot and ankle injuries are common in people across a range of lifestyles from top-performing athletes to sedentary individuals. In fact, 75 percent of Americans will experience some type of foot problem in their lifetime. Each year in the U.S., an estimated two million people are treated by orthopaedists for ankle injuries alone. Injuries that are not recognized or are improperly addressed can lead to significant functional disability. This may affect quality of life and in some cases impact one’s ability to accomplish everyday tasks.

“At the Foot and Ankle Program, at SRO” Dr. Schakel explains, “we work closely with SRO’s experienced physical therapists in order to determine the most effective treatment route based on the latest orthopedic and physical therapy research. I know from experience how complex some foot and ankle cases can be, and my experience motivates me to pay attention to the small details.”

The Foot and Ankle Program at SRO provides state-of-the-art care for all types of problems related to the foot and ankle. This includes, but is not limited to;

  • trauma of the foot
  • post-traumatic reconstruction of the foot and ankle
  • foot deformities related to neuromuscular, arthritic and congenital conditions
  • tendon injuries of the hind foot and ankle
  • sports-related injuries
  • foot complications of diabetes mellitus

The medical team at SRO’s Foot and Ankle program emphasizes the importance of a comprehensive evaluation in order to develop a proper diagnosis. Following diagnosis, the team implements the latest treatments and surgical techniques to restore function and relieve pain. To learn more visit the SRO website or call 707-546-1922.

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