As we resume some elective surgeries at Artesia General Hospital, we’ve made some important changes and increased safety measures. Please see this Elective Surgeries Guide for Patients for more information about how we’re keeping our patients, their families and our staff safe and healthy throughout each procedure.
Artesia General Hospital’s Podiatrist, Joseph Marino, DPM, is a foot and ankle specialist who helps to keep your feet healthy and working well. The average American takes about eight to 10 thousand steps each day—and for those suffering from foot problems, each step can be agonizing.
Foot disorders are among the most widespread and neglected health problems affecting people in this country, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. Neglect may stem from a misconception that feet are supposed to hurt—but according to Dr. Marino, that’s absolutely not the case.
The foot is a complex structure containing about one-fourth of all the bones in the body, as well as muscles, nerves, ligaments and blood vessels. It is designed to give us balance and mobility. Podiatry is a field that is dedicated to ensuring these complex structures are able to stand up to years of wear and tear. The podiatric team at Artesia General Hospital offers the training and expertise to keep our patients’ feet healthy and working well.
Dr. Marino provides care for those suffering from painful conditions of the foot, ankle and lower leg. From properly diagnosing the cause of foot pain to providing ongoing foot care to diabetics, he has the experience and the technical resources to help patients return to pain-free mobility and better podiatric health.
Podiatry services begin with an examination and diagnosis. An X-ray, MRI, vascular test or CT scan may be required. Once the cause of your pain is identified, recommendations will be provided for proper medical or surgical treatment. For some people, such as those with diabetes, treatment may be ongoing.
When surgery is required, Dr. Marino offers the latest techniques for foot and ankle procedures. Most patients usually are able to go home on the same day as surgery and are often able to return to their daily routines soon afterwards.
Examples of conditions treated include:
- Diabetic Foot Care
- Deformity Correction
- Flat Foot/Club Foot Deformities
- Fractures of Foot and Ankle
- Heel and Arch Pain
- Heel Spurs
- Ingrown Toe Nails/Nail Surgery
- In-toeing and Out-toeing of Gait
- Joint Replacement
- Pediatric Foot Deformities
- Repairs of Tendon and Ligament
- Skin Lesions
- Skin Problems such as Fungal Infections
- Wound Care
Appointments are available in Artesia and Lovington.
Monday – Friday
8 am – 12 pm
1 pm – 5 pm
Immediate surgical bookings are available. Call 575.736.8282 to make an appointment.