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Choose the Right Doctor for your Athletic Injury

Do you have a passion for your sport and can’t imagine your life without it? Do you live a healthy, active life and plan on keeping it that way? Our doctors here at Allentown Family Foot Care feel the same way. Not only do we talk the talk but they also walk the walk. We have an active staff who practices what we preach: A retired Navy Seal, tri-athlete, competitive runners, participation in endurance challenge events, a team cyclist, and backgrounds in ballet and yoga, make up our doctors’ experiences here at AFFC. Choose the doctor that knows your sport. We are athletic and know the importance of healthy feet in order to excel in sports and maintain an active lifestyle. From bike racing to dancing we DO it all!

I enjoy treating sports injuries and have seen my share of overuse injuries over the years. A two-year bout of chronic recurring tendonitis during college track seasons, which ‘magically’ resolved with a set of prescription orthotics, is what led me to a career in Podiatric medicine. I have 28 years under my belt of military service. As a former Navy SEAL, I understand the importance of healthy feet in connection to vigorous exercise and job requirements. In 1988, I returned to active duty to develop a podiatric surgical residency program at the National Naval Medical Center. I also served as a Medical Consultant to the United States Naval Academy and other medical facilities. I finished my service years as a podiatric consultant assigned to the SEAL Training Command and Naval Special Warfare. I am a Certified pedorthist with an orthotic fabrication background.

Dr. Ann C. Anderson became interested in a career of foot and ankle surgery after her 20 years experience as a ballet dancer. Any dancer knows the strain that dancing places on your feet, especially when crammed into those Pointe shoes for hours at practice. She understands the importance of preserving an active lifestyle, having a special interest with patients with complicated wounds and preserving their ability to walk. No matter how serious a problem, everyone wants to get back to his or her normal routine. Having a passion for a sport, any injury can cause us to lose hope when injured. Come see Dr. Anderson and get some hope and insight on your injury.

Dr. Crystal Gonzalez has first hand experience treating athletes. During her time at the University of Pennsylvania Sports Medic Clinic, she treated the athletes of the school with a special focus on running (Cross Country and Track and Field athletes). Gonzalez worked at the Penn Relays for three years. Her extensive training involved complex cases involving ankle joint replacements. Dr Gonzalez continues to remain personally active in sports, running in regular local road races

Dr. Randy Smargiassi has been a Podiatry Consultant to the White House, U.S. Congress, and the Supreme Court. He had been appointed Assistant Professor at Penn State College of Medicine and Uniformed Services University Medical School, where he taught Foot Care in the Hostile Environment. Smargiassi also holds a love for cycling. He participated in the Valley Preferred Cycling Center last year. You can visit our website under NEWS and EDUCATION to learn more about this: He was also a coach for the Annapolis Bike Racing Team while assigned to the Naval Academy.

Dr. Lora Baker is an avid runner and enjoys competing in 5K events on a regular basis. She likes to keep her athletes on their toes. She also regularly practices yoga and has a true understanding of the importance of flexibility and stretching. Baker also has a special interest in heel pain, treating patients with state of the art options-both surgical and non-surgical. She prides herself in being an expert in custom orthotics to surgical intervention.

Our combined experience and way of life gives our patients an outstanding staff to choose from. Not only are our doctors concerned with maintaining a healthy lifestyle, our entire staff participates in 5Ks together and also our annual Navy SEAL Benefit challenge. We have a staff that loves to help out with the community, work as a team, and preserve an active life, all which require healthy feet to do so. Make your appointment now. Call us at (610) 434-7000. We Understand.

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