Tobin C. Gallawa, DPM is an experienced podiatrist with 15 years in the practice of his specialized field. Those years of work have garnered him the recognition of his colleagues and of several national boards and organizations.
Tobin C. Gallawa, DPM is:
- A Diplomat at the American Board of Podiatric Surgery
- A Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
- The Chief of Podiatry at Sutter Hospital in Sacramento, California
- Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery
If a complaint does not respond adequately to conservative treatment, I am Board Certified by the ABPS in foot surgery. I am experienced in limb salvage procedures on diabetics with profound vascular problems, skills I gained in the years after my residency at the Southwest Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine in Conroe, Texas. Trauma, elective and limb salvage surgery are necessary services I provide. Having the ability to do complicated surgeries is important, but even more important is knowing when to not do surgery. People come to me for help with problems or pain. If I can resolve the issue without surgery, it eliminates the possibility of a post-operative complication. In many cases, the best surgery is the one you don’t have done.
The pain from gout, bone spurs, bunions, plantar warts and ingrown nails all can be relieved by simple measures on an initial visit. I am fortunate in my choice of careers in that there are many problems people have with their feet that can be treated in the office and provide immediate relief; this is quite gratifying to a physician. I am often asked, “What made you want to be a foot doctor?” I figured that as you get older, you have problems with your eyes, your teeth and with your feet. The idea of doing surgery on someone’s eye has always bothered me since I saw a scary movie as a kid where an eyeball gets cut open; still makes me shudder a bit when I think about it. Nobody likes to go to the dentist. Don’t get me wrong, I like mine and he does a great job for me, it just seems like people are never happy to see the dentist. Every single day someone tells me how glad they are they came to see me.
In one of my first lectures in podiatry school the instructor said, “If you want to know what is wrong with your patients, ask them and they will tell you.” I thought, “Obviously,” and sort of blurted this out. He said it might seem obvious now, but after you have been in practice a few years, you may question how obvious it really is.
When was the last time you went to a doctor, they talked to you about your complaint, explained to you, in plain English, what was wrong with you and what you can do about it? I don’t know when the last time was, but I can tell you when the next time will be.
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