The Podiatry Center

The Podiatry Center At University Hospital

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The Podiatry Center at University Hospital is renowned for its reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, trauma treatment and diabetic limb salvage. Patients come from all over the world with complex lower extremity deformities and complicated conditions. We use state-of-the-art technology and the latest most innovative therapies to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Because of our unique location on the campus of University Hospital, we are able to consult with medical specialists in nearly every field and refer patients with other health problems for the additional care they need. Our goal is to restore function, reduce/eliminate pain and discomfort, and improve our patients’ quality of life.

The Podiatry Center at University Hospital is located in the Ambulatory Care Center, 150 Bergen Street, E-level, Newark, NJ. Parking is available in the parking deck on the corner of 12th Avenue and Bergen Street.

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To make an appointment, call 973-972-9000.

Most Insurances are accepted. Second opinions are provided.

The Diabetic Foot

Perhaps the most serious complications of diabetes are the loss of circulation and reduced sensation in the feet. These conditions put diabetic patients at greater risk for foot ulcers and infections, which if left untreated may lead to amputation. However, many of these amputations can be prevented. Using a multidisciplinary approach, our podiatrists work with a team of medical and surgical specialists to manage both the systemic and local factors involved in limb salvage. An orthotist is present during clinic sessions to provide patients with the necessary shoe and insole modifications when prescribed.

Treated Conditions:

  • Ulcers
  • Charcot deformities
  • Pedal diabetic screening
  • Diabetic peripheral neuropathy

Foot and Ankle Trauma

Foot and ankle injuries may occur from a direct blow, a twisting or sports related injury, a penetrating injury, a fall, a motor vehicle accident or industrial accident.

We are highly experienced at treating:

  • Sprains, Strains
  • Fractures and dislocations of the foot and ankle
  • Crush injuries
  • Puncture wounds including gunshots
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Industrial trauma

Foot and Ankle Pathology

There are many conditions which affect the foot and ankle. Some, like athlete’s foot, can be treated with medication. Others may require an orthotic in shoes. Surgical correction may be warranted for deformities like a bunion or hammer toe.

Below is a brief list of foot and ankle pathology treated at the Podiatry Center:

  • Heel pain/fasciitis/spurs
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Onychomycosis
  • Verruca (wart)
  • Ingrown nails
  • Congenital deformities
  • Bunions
  • Hammer toes
  • Arthritis
  • Tailor’s bunion
  • Tendonitis

Foot and Ankle Reconstruction

Complex deformities require extensive surgery to correct the foot and/or ankle to enable normal ambulation and the wearing of shoes. These deformities may appear in the child or adult.

Deformities for reconstruction:

  • Pes planus (flat feet)
  • Pes cavus (high arch)
  • Adult acquired flat foot
  • Charcot deformities
  • Arthritis of the foot and ankle joints
  • Clubfoot

Meet the Physicans

At the Podiatry Clinic, we have three full-time Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) and six residents.

George F. Wallace, DPM, MBA, is the chief of the Podiatry Service at University Hospital. He earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree (DPM) at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia and completed residencies in podiatric surgery at Northlake Community Hospital Northlake, IL, and Central Community Hospital, Chicago, IL. He is certified in foot and ankle surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and in podiatric medicine and orthopedics by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Wallace’s clinical interests are trauma and diabetic infections.

Keith D. Cook, DPM, earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in New York City. He went on to complete a residency in podiatric surgery at University Hospital. He is certified in foot and reconstructive rear foot and ankle surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. Dr. Cook serves as the director of the Podiatric Residency program at University Hospital. Dr. Cook’s clinical interests are trauma and foot and ankle reconstruction

Sonia Mvuemba, DPM, MSHS, earned her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree at Western University of Health Sciences College of Podiatric Medicine. She then completed a residency in podiatric surgery at University Hospital. She completed a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at the Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group in Santa Cruz, CA. Dr. Mvuemba's clinical interests are trauma, diabetic infections, and reconstruction of complex foot and ankle deformities.