If you’re viewing this website, then chances are that your feet hurt. You’re not alone. Studies have shown that as many as 4 out of every 5 people will develop some type of foot problems during their lifetime. What I’ve never quite understood is why people think that its not normal for their heads of stomachs to hurt, but it’s completely normal for their feet to hurt. If you’re one of these individuals, this site is especially dedicated to you and written for you.
My goal and purpose in life has always been to help people. The way that I felt that I could best do this is by specializing in the treatment of the most abused part of the human body…the foot. In 1978, I was a third-year student at the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, Illinois and taking my first courses in foot and ankle surgery. I was attending lectures and observing the performance of traditional surgical procedures when a feeling came over me… there must be a better way.
The saying goes, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” I had heard rumbling in the medical school cafeteria about an organization called The Academy of Ambulatory Foot Surgery. In fact, I had heard that the president of this national organization actually practiced in Chicago. I decided to call him to see if I could spend a day with him in the office. The rest, as they say, is history. Rather than the grimacing look on patients faces who were in agony after foot surgery which I had observed so many times at the podiatry school and while visting the offices of some leading Chicago area foot surgeons, this doctor’s patients had smiles on their faces and many of them took only an aspirin tablet and returned to work immediately after undergoing some revolutionary foot surgery techniques.
There have been many advancements in these techniques since then and as I provide this website, I have performed an estimated 20,000 or more of these procedures.
In spirit, love, and friendship,
Dr. Richard M. Cowin. DPM, FACFAS. FAAFAS