MEADE — Dr. John P. Powers, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS is the newest team member of the Artesian Valley Health System team.

In practice for 18 years, Powers is a Board-Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeon with a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine.

He has also achieved the status of Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and Fellow of the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons.

Powers has lived in Tucson, Arizona, the last 18 years and is eager to get back to his roots of living in rural America.

"Meade is a lot like the towns my wife, Cheryl, and I grew up in," Powers said. "I grew up in a small town in Ohio, and I just really enjoyed living out in the country and as a kid I was involved in 4-H.

"I’ve heard that people are really friendly here and it’s a laid-back community, no hustle and bustle like the city, so we’re excited to move here."

Powers earned his Eagle Scout as a freshman in high school and once old enough, enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard where he served in the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Germany and Honduras.

"After being assigned as a combat medic in my military police unit during the Gulf War, I developed a strong interest in medicine," Powers said. "The complexity of the foot and ankle led me to train in this field. I enjoy the challenge podiatry presents – what works for one patient, may not work for others.

"It’s very rewarding to find the right treatment for each individual patient and bring relief from pain a patient may have been experiencing for years."

Powers sees and treats patients of all ages experiencing problem below the knee, whether it is foot and ankle problems, injuries or traumas caused by diabetes, medications, infections, diseases, vascular or nerve problems, pediatric and adult sports injuries and well as chronic foot pain or problems that develop with age.

"I have a special interest in nerve repair and reconstructions, pediatric and adult sports injuries, reconstructive foot and ankle surgery and diabetic foot care and education," Powers said. "When it comes to my practice, I treat all of my patients like they are a member of my family."

Education and timing are crucial to positive outcomes, Powers explained.

"It’s best for people to see me as soon as they have any concern whatsoever about their feet or ankles, when they’re starting to have pain or some type of deformity is beginning," Powers said. "The sooner we treat it, the easier it is to treat and the sooner the patient can feel better."

And if he could tell people one thing to help them with their health it would be "Check your feet daily, as soon as you have any concerns get them checked out," Powers said.

With a passion for improving the quality of life for his patients, Powers has done extensive work in treating neuropathy through medical and surgical treatments which includes nerve decompression surgery.

"There’s normally a 23 percent annual recurrence risk of neuropathic diabetic foot ulcers, however when nerve decompression surgery is used as part of their treatment then the annual ulcer recurrence risk is significantly lowered to only four percent," he said. "These percentages were published by the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association and it’s even more impressive when I get to see the improvement personally in a patient’s life.

"When I can help improve a patient’s quality of life, that’s what matters most to me."

Powers will see patients at the Meade and Plains Rural Health Clinics, Meade District Hospital as well as make visits to Lone Tree Retirement Center.

"Working as part of an integrated health system is also a huge benefit to our patients," Powers said. "Having podiatry, primary care, physical therapy, wound care, radiology, lab, nursing, and pain management all working together really contributes to the best health of the patient.

To schedule an appointment, call the Meade Clinic at 620-873-2112 or Plains Clinic at 620-563-9313.

 

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