Achilles Foot Health Centre
is a 3,800-square-foot, comprehensive health care facility
offering first-class expertise, top-of-the-line
diagnostic tools and cutting-edge treatments for medical conditions
of the foot.
Here is some of
what we offer:
Experience and Expertise
over 18 years of experience and board
certification by both major boards of his profession, Dr.
Schumacher can provide you
with traditional and unique solutions to your
foot complaint. Click
to learn more
about Dr. Schumacher's credentials.
State-of-the-art diagnostic tools
We make a concerted effort to procure the
best, most up-to-date diagnostic tools
available anywhere. Three examples of
unique diagnostic tools available at the
Achilles Foot Health Centre are:
State-of-the-art C-arm fluoroscopy:
Not only does fluoroscopy show bone and
joint conditions just like a traditional
X-ray, it shows their actual movement
and function, live, in real time, on a
Brand-new diagnostic ultrasound to image
soft tissues (like muscle, tendon,
ligaments, growths, and
injuries)--tissues that are normally
invisible to X-ray. Like
fluoroscopy, diagnostic ultrasound shows
these tissues actively moving, in real
time, on a television-like screen.
High-tech vascular testing capabilities
for patients with circulatory concerns.
Some of the vascular testing we can
provide is Doppler, photoplethysmography,
ABI, toe pressures, and segmental
Our facility is simply unique in British
Columbia, perhaps in all of Canada,
in that each of these diagnostic tools are
all available in-house and in most cases
available the same day of your visit.
There are no lengthy waiting periods to be
Cutting-edge, innovative treatments
Foot Health Centre offers a host of unique treatments
difficult to find in other facilities. Here are some
We offer a
difficult-to-treat and frequently disabling conditions
of the heel, whether caused by injuries, work-related
disorders, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, and
rheumatological and other disorders.
biomechanical problems, we offer a thorough
biomechanical assessment and treadmill gait analysis.
And where indicated, we can provide assesment,
prescription, and design of custom-made orthotic
appliances, AFOs, Richie, Sure-step, Arizona, and other
orthopedic braces. We can also provide custom-made
footwear including traditional molded shoes, sandals,
hiking boots, work boots, steel-toed shoes and cowboy
in podiatric orthopedics by the American Board of Podiatric
Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine (ABPOPPM) and he is
a Fellow in the American College of Foot and
Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine (ACFAOM).
Foot Health Centre also offers the newest generation of
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy
America--the piezoelectric version out of Europe.
ESWT is particularly helpful in treating long-term,
chronic pain of the plantar fascia, the Achilles tendon,
posterior tibial tendonitis, slow-healing bone,
neuromas, and a variety of other conditions.
This version of ESWT is so new, it is still unavailable
in most of Canada, or anywhere in the United States.
We've had patients come from throughout the United
States and Canada, and as far away as Japan, South
Africa, and South America for this treatment.
We also have
a fully-equipped, in-house
allowing us to offer comprehensive surgical care of the foot
for conditions like
Other Growths, and a wide variety of other
procedures. We have state-of-the-art
equipment and no waiting
in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric
Surgery (ABPS), the gold standard in board
certification for foot surgery. Dr. Schumacher
is also a Fellow in the American
College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS).
We are pleased
to be able to offer, for the first time available in western
radiosurgery. Radiosurgery is similar to laser, but instead of using light
waves, radiowaves are used, with the benefit of even less
peripheral tissue destruction. Radiosurgery is great for
cysts, varicose veins, and a host of other complaints.
With radiosurgical techniques, for example,
toenails are often completely healed within a
week instead of the 4-week recovery traditional methods
Because diabetes is the number one cause of amputations
in Canada, and the vast majority of the time
they are preventable, the Achilles Foot Health Centre
also provides thorough diabetic screening. We can detect and treat
abnormalities and neuropathy, (the major causes
of diabetic foot problems)--before they become a
offer in-house physiotherapy services such as whirlpool,
ultrasound, and interferential muscle stimulation /
We also have
on the premises, a foot pharmacy offering a wide
variety of difficult-to-find retail foot products,
including compressive stockings, night splints, bandage
materials, crutches, padding, and supports.
is just some of what we offer. Let us know
how we can help you.