William Nash, M.D., a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon answers questions about selecting a foot and ankle specialist, injuries and surgery
What drew you to specialize in orthopedics?
When I was studying for my undergraduate biomedical degree, I observed a hip replacement surgery. It can be a challenging surgery and seeing it being done blew my mind. I intuitively knew I wanted to work in orthopedics and become a surgeon.
Why did you choose to specialize in foot and ankle care?
During my residency in orthopedics, I worked in several different clinics. I found that specializing in the foot and ankle presented opportunities to work on a wide range of issues including deformities, sport injuries, arthritis and more. I enjoy working with diverse patients with various challenges.
What are some of the most common foot and ankle issues?
In my practice I work with patients who:
Unfortunately, many people live with foot and ankle pain. They grin, bear it and hope for the best. Foot and ankle pain should never be ignored. It is an indicator of an issue that should be addressed and resolved. For example, I sometimes see patients who could have benefited from an ankle replacement, but by the time they sought treatment, it wasn’t an option.
If a patient is looking for an orthopedic specialist, what should they consider?
A patient should consider a few things when looking for a doctor, most importantly:
What are your recommendations to help active patients stay well?
There are simple ways patients can remain injury free and active. I encourage my patients to:
Dr. Nash completed a fellowship with the well-respected Dr. Pomeroy, who retired from practice in 2021. To learn more about Dr. Nash, please click here. To learn more about St. Mary’s Orthopedics – Auburn, click here.