HealthLinks Upstate July/August 2022

30 | www.Ups tatePhys i c i ansSC . com | www.Hea l thL i nksUps tate. com Your feet are some of your most important assets. You need to take care of them because you use them every day. From the moment you wake up in the morning and swing that first leg out of bed to put your foot on the floor to the end of your day when you lift it up to climb back in, you are likely on your feet for a good part of the day. Foot and ankle problems can play a huge role in your daily life, and Podiatrists Drs. Sarah Cullen and Drennan Josey know all about the issues that can affect the feet. Both lifelong athletes, the now husband and wife team met in medical school at Temple University in Philadelphia. They went on to complete their surgical residencies together in Boston, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, which is affiliated with Tufts University. “We were fortunate to be able to work with some of the most acknowledged doctors in our fields,” said Dr. Cullen. “We were trained in revisional surgery, diabetic surgery, elective surgery and pediatric surgery.” After completing their residencies, the couple returned to Dr. Josey’s native South Carolina and joined Dr. Charles Gudas at Associated Foot & Ankle Specialists. They became the owners of the practice just over a year ago. “We are fortunate to have the opportunity to continue the legacy Dr. Gudas established in Charleston of foot and ankle care,” Dr. Cullen said. Both board-qualified foot surgeons, Drs. Cullen and Josey specialize in treating a wide range of foot and ankle issues, including sports injuries, tendon ruptures and tears, bone fractures, bunions and toe deformities, flat feet, arthritis, neurological disorders and diabetic foot care. They shared with us some common foot issues, causes and their treatment approaches. “Every patient receives their own customized treatment approach based on their diagnosis and severity. We always start with conservative treatment approaches first before considering surgery,” Dr. Cullen explained. PUTTING YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD By Christine Steele