Common Types of Podiatrist Malpractice

Your feet and ankles contain a staggering 52 bones, 33 joints, and more than a 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments, along with a complex web of blood vessels and nerves. They are incredibly strong and resilient, a marvel of engineering that no human being could design. Unfortunately, medical malpractice by a podiatrist operating on this engineering marvel can create permanent and disabling injuries that destroy the quality of their patients’ lives.


At Polewski & Associates, the most common podiatrist malpractice cases that we see involve surgery by podiatrists to remove bunions on women’s feet. This surgery, called a “bunionectomy,” is not the simple and risk-free operation that many podiatrists lead their patients to believe. And when it goes wrong, it goes badly wrong.

Some of our clients have had five and six operations trying to repair problems caused by a “simple” bunionectomy. These ladies have lost their jobs and gone through years of pain and disability for an operation that in many cases they didn’t need at all.

Flat Feet

We also see many cases where a podiatrist has convinced his patient to have an operation to “cure” flat feet. These operations are often unnecessary, and they are always dangerous.

Altering the structure of the foot is a risky proposition, and the types of operations that some podiatrists perform to “fix” flat feet result in devastating injuries that are far worse than the original problem.

Other Common Problems

These types of podiatrist malpractice cases are the most frequent types we see, but they are by no means the only ways in which podiatrists can commit medical malpractice. Besides surgical errors associated with procedures to treat bunions and flat feet, we have seen podiatrist malpractice in the following categories:

  • Failure to diagnose and treat infection, including the bone infection called osteomyletis
  • Failure to diagnose and treat nerve injuries, including the terrible nerve disorder called “Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy” and the nerve disorder called “Complex Regional Pain Syndrome”
  • Malpractice in surgery for hammertoe
  • Malpractice in treatment of bone spurs
  • Malpractice in treatment of heel pain
  • Negligence in treatment of diabetics with foot or skin problems

Get Help Now

Many of our clients have made the mistake of trusting their podiatrist to do two, three or even more operations in a futile attempt to fix problems caused by the mistakes the podiatrist made in the first surgery. These multiple surgeries have left our clients with disfigured feet that nobody can fix.

If you believe that your podiatrist has committed medical malpractice through negligence in the treatment of your feet, our Dallas podiatrist malpractice lawyers can help you get started on your case and refer you to excellent physicians who can help with the damage caused by your negligent podiatrist.

Please contact Polewski & Associates today to schedule your free initial consultation. We serve clients in Dallas and throughout North Texas.

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