Dr. Litchfield has specialized medical and surgical training, and board certification in the care of the lower extremity. He is highly trained in the surgical treatment of foot and ankle fractures, ankle sprains, Achilles tendon disorders, arthritis, bunions (Lapidus bunionectomy), hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, and more.
Specialty in Foot and Ankle Surgery
Dr. Litchfield - Board Certified Foot & Ankle Surgeon
I had an ankle injury while playing sports when I was in high school. My injury was more severe than I was aware. My doctor really educated me about the significance of foot and ankle injuries and his approach to my treatment inspired me to follow a similar path of medicine. Getting people back to what they were doing before and educating them is so rewarding to me. – Dr. Litchfield
Helping Patients Get Back on Their Feet
Some of the most common conditions and injuries he treats are ankle fracture/sprain and bunion removal or Lapidus bunionectomy.
Bunion correction is more nuanced than simply removing the “bump” from the great toe…and there are many who suffer from this painful condition.
Dr. Litchfield is highly trained in the Lapidus procedure; a surgical procedure used to treat bunion deformity. It involves fusing the joint between the first metatarsal bone and one of the small bones in your midfoot called the medial cuneiform. Benefits of this procedure done by Dr. Litchfield can range from, correction of the deformity at the apex, preservation of big toe joint function and stabilizing the midfoot once again. All while being a less expensive procedure with the same result as lapiplasty patients. Patients often return to normal activities and shoe gear by 6 weeks to 3 months.
What Should You Expect From An Evaluation?
The first step in the evaluation is a thorough medical history. You’ll first be asked some basic questions about your medical history and lifestyle.
A complete physical examination includes inspection and assessment of your range of motion. Your doctor will look for physical abnormalities, swelling, deformity, or muscle weakness, and check for tender areas.
Specific tests may be ordered to help identify the cause of your pain and any other problems.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound
- Computed tomography (CT) scan
- Electrical studies. Your doctor may order a test, such as an EMG (electromyogram), to evaluate nerve function
After your evaluation and imaging tests, your doctor will talk with you about your diagnosis and explain what treatments are available. Together, you’ll decide on a personalized treatment plan based on your diagnosis, activity level, goals, and preferences.
Dr. Litchfield will offer non-surgical podiatric options for the appropriate patient when indicated. Non-surgical treatment is always the first goal. Dr. Litchfield will take his time with each patient to understand their concerns and develop a personalized treatment plan through a shared decision-making process.
Dr Litchfield gave me information on what surgical interventions there would be for my foot problem. He answered questions and I was able to make a decision that is appropriate for me at this time.
I have had 3 surgeries over the last 3 years; Dr. Mara for hand . Dr. Daniel's for knee replacement and Dr. Litchfield for 2 bunion surgeries. All are caring professional and terrific and I've had great outcomes. They have worked with my insurance company to get the help I have needed as well along the process painless as well. I have already recommended them to numerous friends. I give them an A+.
Everyone gets A++ at H.O.S. I highly recommend this group of professionals. I am actually looking forward to my follow-up! PS: My back is much better just from the arthritis meds prescribed .... and I haven't even started my P.T. training yet.
Dr. Litchfield is very knowledgeable and professional. Before my surgery (ankle fusion) we discussed all the options. This discussion gave me a lot of confidence that we were proceeding correctly. Thus far (2 weeks since surgery) all is going well and I am completely satisfied.
Dr. Litchfield was great!! Very smart and nice to talk to.
He is a very thorough doctor. He was the only doctor to correct my problem, after dealing with two others. I found him, only because my husband, went to this group, for his knee and was quite successful. I am very happy that I have!
Everyone in the office was pleasant and helpful. Dr. Litchfield was thorough and patient with all my questions.
Dr. Litchfield explained my potential ankle fusion orthopedic surgery in detail, including the recovery phases and time. I had done a lot of research ahead of my appointment so I was able to ask specific questions. I found his answers reassuring and insightful. I now have a lot of confidence in him and the surgery.
Dr. Bruce was drawn to OSP because of the amazing opportunity to be a part of our new OSP foot and ankle team and join the growing network of specialized providers and our multidisciplinary approach to patient care.
OSP foot and ankle specialists, Dr. Litchfield and Dr. Bruce will work closely together and collaborate to provide the best possible treatment options and outcomes for foot and ankle patients.