Did you know skateboarding can be exceptionally tough on ankles or that women are more likely to experience some foot problems than men? As a long distance runner, I have been acutely aware of the stress pavement can inflict on feet. Running can cause plantar fasciitis, which can feel like your heel is stepping onto a nail. Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates in Centralia is here to help you with your foot issues. As more people than ever are running races and doing triathlons, injuries can occur. Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates is growing and adding providers to help this active population.
The newest member of the Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates team is Dr. Casey Bowles. After receiving his education and training on the East Coast, Dr. Bowles is returning home.
Dr. Bowles was studying for the dental school admission test when he began a job as an office assistant at Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates. Watching Dr. Terry Hess practice, he became very interested in podiatry. He loved the job environment and the wide variety of patients who visited the office each day. Working in the back office, Bowles’ desire to be in the medical field did not change, but his field of interest did.
Dr. Bowles had been on a mission to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for his church during his undergraduate years at Brigham Young University. When Dr. Hess invited Dr. Bowles on a mission trip to Nicaragua, he was thrilled to help out. Fully fluent in Spanish, the Nicaragua trip was a perfect fit for Dr. Bowles. On this fulfilling journey Bowles cemented his interest in podiatry and was ready to apply to podiatry school.
“There are so many choices in the field,” Dr. Bowles says. “It was very appealing to me that you can see patients in your clinic and be a surgeon.” With a wry smile he adds, “and everyone has two feet so I’m doubling up on my patients!” He headed off to the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia.
Dr. Bowles followed podiatry school with a three-year surgical residency in Florida. He performed more than 1,500 foot and ankle surgeries during his three years in residency. He has extensive experience in trauma cases such as metatarsal, mid foot and ankle fractures.
After seven years of education on the other side of the country, Dr. Bowles made another decision to return home to his native Washington. A North Thurston High School graduate, Dr. Bowles is one of six siblings all living and working in the Pacific Northwest. His mother is currently working as a labor and delivery nurse at Providence St. Peter Hospital. Dr. Bowles’ love of hiking and camping, in addition to the lure of family ties, brought him home to Washington State.
Dr. Bowles can help patients with everything from flat feet and arthritis to the youth athlete suffering an ankle sprain on the soccer field. A trip to Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates can save you a trip to the emergency room for many types of foot and ankle injuries. In many cases, the podiatry office can provide an x-ray and get you on the road to recovery quickly.
The Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates newest location on Limited Lane in Olympia will open on January 1, 2017. Dr. Casey Bowles is accepting new patients and will have office hours Tuesday through Saturday.
Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates operates five locations to serve their patients including the Centralia location. For more information visit their website.