Medical & Surgical
Care of the Foot & Ankle
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Covid-19 Corona Virus
We are open during this Covid-19 / Corona virus outbreak, but with sharply limited hours. We are also only seeing urgent patients--such as those with at risk with diabetic wounds, infections, and those with severe pain. For those with more routine complaints, we will ask you to postpone those visits.
To diminish exposure for everyone, please bring as few people into the office to accompany the patient, and whenever possible, we will bring only one person in the treatment room.
You will be asked to wash your hands before being seen and to wear a mask if you have one.
And of course, if you are feeling ill, with symptoms of a cold, flu or fever, please stay home.
Welcome Dr. Hyowon Choi!
We are most pleased to
announce that we have
added a new podiatric
surgeon to our practice,
Dr. Hyowon Choi.
Dr. Choi is a native of BC,
having grown up just
across the Fraser River
Dr. Choi is a 2010 UBC
graduate in microbiology
and ecology. Her medical
training was performed at the Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences in Dr. Schumacher's hometown of Chicago. She has just completed her surgical residency at Presence St. Joseph Hospital, also in Chicago, and she will practice in both Bellingham in Washington State, and in our Surrey office.
Dr. Choi will help us expand our hours by holding regular clinical hours on Fridays and Saturdays. She'll also provide surgical hours, and she will cover our office hours when Dr. Schumacher is attending or speaking at a medical conference.
Dr. Choi is kind, empathetic, talented and highly trained. She is also fluent in both English and Korean. We're very luck to have her!
Statistical Update on the
Abbotsford Regional Hospital
Renal Foot Project
Patients with end-stage renal disease have significant foot issues, ranging from infections and gangrene to significant wounds and ulcerations. These have significant ramifications on the patients quality of life and mortality.
From 2013 through 2019, Dr. Schumacher was the staff podiatrist in the Department of Nephrology at Abbotsford Regional Hospital, working in a pilot study on the effects of podiatric intervention in this patient population.
The data surrounding the Abbotsford Regional Hospital Nephrology Department Foot Project has come in, and the results are promising.
For instance, the rate of leg amputations performed on dialysis patients is 36% lower than before the podiatric intervention was introduced, and the rate of leg amputations to total amputations is 53% lower.
Further, the days saved in hospitalizations resulted in significant savings in fewer hospitalized days, not even considering the savings in fewer leg amputations performed, fewer prosthetics required, less rehabilitation, fewer presentations to the ER, less imaging and lab work, and less antibiotics.
Better outcomes for less money! What's not to like?
The Abbotsford Hospital Renal Foot Project
in the News
On January 09, 2018, Dr. Schumacher's work in the Renal Department at Abbotsford Regional Hospital was featured in the Globe and Mail newspaper. Here's a link.
Dr. Schumacher's work with complex wounds in the dialysis community was featured earlier in both the Vancouver Sun and Vancouver Province newspapers. The story was picked up by newspapers across Canada, from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba to Ontario and Quebec. Here's a link.
MAPLE has sprouted!
In the Spring of 2017, Dr. Schumacher founded an organization for the education and advocacy for patients with neuropathic wounds, who too frequently do not receive the care they deserve to close their wounds and keep them closed.
Our group is called the Canadian Medical Alliance for the Preservation of the Lower Extremity, or MAPLE.
The MAPLE website, still under construction, can be found by clicking here. We hope one day every diabetic and neuropathic patient with an ulceration, or at risk for an foot ulcer, will be given a link to our site for a better understanding of their condition, and how to treat it.
Speaking Engagements, Conferences & Advocacy Meetings
Dr. Schumacher has attended and spoken at conferences across Canada, the US, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
In 2019 Dr. Schumacher traveled to Washington, DC to attend the Diabetic Limb Salvage conference and the International Forum in the Hague, Netherlands for the Diabetic Foot conference and Association of Diabetic Limb Surgeons and the Diabetic Foot meeting in Brisbane Australia.
Dr. Schumacher gave two talks at Wound Canada's annual conference in Niagara Falls.
In September 2018, Dr. Schumacher spoke on the diabetic foot at the BCPMA conference in Vancouver.
In September 2018, Dr. Schumacher attended the Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association conference.
Dr. Schumacher traveled to Washington, DC for the Georgetown Diabetic Limb Salvage Conference held April 4-7, 2018. This is one of the pre-eminent limb salvage conferences in the world.
Advocacy On January 19, 2018, Dr. Schumacher met with the Health Minister to discuss the need for MSP coverage for diabetic and dialysis patients throughout the province. Other than for Dr. Schumacher's work at Abbotsford Regional Hospital's Renal Foot Project, the vast majority of podiatric services in BC are now paid out of the patient's pocket. We're trying to change that for diabetics, renal patients, and other "at risk" feet.
If you wish to help, contact your local MLA and ask that podiatric care be covered by MSP for diabetic and other "at risk" feet.
On November 9-11, 2017, Dr. Schumacher was in Venice, Italy at the 3rd annual conference of the Association of Diabetic Foot Surgeons, of which Dr. Schumacher is a member. The A-DFS meeting hosts some of the top surgeons in the world of diabetic limb salvage.
On November 9 and 10, 2017, Dr. Schumacher and Dr. Francis Chan presented a poster, “Foot Ulcers Treated by Multidisciplinary Team” at the Patient Health Experience Summit at Fraser Health. This submission presented statistics and case examples from Dr. Schumacher's work with dialysis patients at Abbotsford Regional Hospital.
On May 27, 2017, Dr. Schumacher presented two lectures and two hands-on workshops at the national meeting of the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses in Saint John, New Brunswick.
On May 04, 2017, Dr. Schumacher was in Amsterdam, Holland presenting the lecture "The Effects of Podiatric Intervention on Dialysis Patients" to the European Wound Management Association (EWMA), a group in which Dr. Schumacher is a member. Afterwards, Dr. Schumacher toured wound-care facilities in Brussels, Belgium and Paris, France.
On April 22, 2017 Dr. Schumacher spoke at The College of Podiatric Physicians of Alberta conference in Edmonton. Topics he presented included:
The Importance of Wound Care
The Medical Management of the Neuropathic Foot
The Effect of Podiatric Intervention on Dialysis Patients
The Visual Effect of Hyperglycemia on Wound Healing
Biomechanical Considerations in Amputation Surgery
The Total Contact Cast
On October 07, 2016, Dr. Schumacher spoke on the "Clinical Perspective of the Abbotsford Hospital Nephrology Foot Project" at the BC Kidney Days Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver.
Advocacy Many areas of British Columbia are underserviced for foot care, and BC desperately needs more podiatrists. To help address this issue, on September 8, 2016, Dr. Schumacher joined the Podiatric Residency Genesis Committee to meet with the Vice-Presidents of the Health Authorities of BC to discuss podiatric surgical residency genesis.
On May 26, 2016, Dr. Schumacher spoke on "Wound Care Interventions in the End-Stage Renal Disease Patient" at the Fédération Internationale des Podologues (World Congress of Podiatrists) in Montreal, Quebec.
From March 31-April 2, 2016, Dr. Schumacher was in Washington, DC for the Georgetown University Diabetic Limb Salvage (DLS) Conference. This is a unique conference that incorporates approaches from both the vascular surgery and podiatric surgery--including hands-on surgical procedures.
Advocacy On March 14, 2016, Dr. Schumacher and the Canadian Diabetes Association were in Victoria to meet with dozens of MLAs, the Liberal Health Minister, and the NDP Health Critic for discussion on the need for more podiatric coverage for at-risk patient populations.
On November 22, 2015, Dr. Schumacher presented the lecture "Diagnosing and Treating a Diabetic Wound" at the Live Well With Diabetes conference in Vancouver.
From October 23-24, 2015, Dr. Schumacher participated in a hands-on surgical workshop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). ACFAS is an educational society devoted to surgery of the foot and ankle, and Dr. Schumacher is a fellow with the organization.
From August 14-16, 2015, Dr. Schumacher was in Stellenbosh, South Africa at the annual conference of the Podiatry Association of South Africa (PASA). He later toured medical facilities in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, and Johannesburg.
On June 12, 2015, Dr. Schumacher spoke on the "Abbotsford Regional Hospital Foot Project" at the annual British Columbia Podiatric Medical Association conference in Kelowna, BC.
ABOUT DR. SCHUMACHER
Dr. Schumacher is the founder and director of the Achilles Foot Health Centre, a facility devoted to medical and surgical care of the foot and ankle.
Dr. Schumacher is Board Certified by both major certification boards of his profession. He is a Board Certified Founder and Emeritus Diplomate with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Schumacher is also Board Certified in Foot Surgery with the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. In fact, Dr. Schumacher was just recertified in foot surgery in 2019.
Dr. Schumacher is the only practitioner in the province of British Columbia with both certifications.
Dr. Schumacher is also a Physician Certified in Wound Healing (CMET). And he was certified in shockwave medicine by the International Society of Medical Shockwave Therapy.
To learn about his areas of specialization in surgery, diabetic and neuropathic wounds, designing custom orthotics, braces, and shoes, extracorporeal shockwave therapy and regenerative medicine, the treatment of chronic, non-responsive arch, heel and ankle pain, and musculoskeletal sonographic imaging, click here.
ABOUT OUR FACILITY
At nearly 4,000 square feet, the Achilles Foot Health Centre is the largest podiatric facility in western Canada.
Our state-of-the-art facility has a multiple treatment rooms and a self-standing surgical centre, which allows us to perform surgery on site, without a wait.
We are the only podiatric facility in British Columbia to have on-site ultrasonographic imaging (to image soft tissues like tendon and connective tissues), and the only facility with on-site fluoroscopy (a form of live, moving x-ray to visualize bone).
We also offer several unique treatments for chronic, difficult-to-treat conditions found in few other facilities--treatments like true, focused, piezoelectric Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), Platelet-Rich Plasma injections, and Radiosurgery. Learn more on these technologies here.
We provide vascular testing--ABI (Ankle Brachial Indices), Doppler, and photoplethysmography--for diabetics and others with dysvascularity.
We provide neurological testing for
diabetics and other neuropathic
We provide diabetic and neuropathic
foot examinations and perform
comprehensive wound care, including
surgical debridement and offloading
with all manner of devices including
total contact casting.
We make custom orthotics, custom
foot and ankle braces, and custom
shoes to accommodate, correct,
and control foot dysfunction and
We also carry diabetic wound supplies,
off-the-shelf orthopedic shoes, night
splints, bandages and a variety of
other foot products.
And we have a fully-functional
surgical suite that allows us to
perform surgical procedures on a
convenient out-patient basis, with no wait.
The Achilles Foot Health Centre provides for all your medical foot care needs.