Welcome to Parkwood Podiatry Associates.
During your lifetime, your feet will carry you for thousands of miles. Keeping them healthy and strong goes a long way toward maintaining an active, full life. For more than 50 years, Parkwood Podiatry Associates has served patients in Southeast Georgia and Northeast Florida with the highest regard for patient care and comfort. When Dr. Paul Bodamer opened his practice in 1959, his goal was to offer the best service to ensure patients healthy, pain-free feet. The drive for the highest level of foot and ankle care continued in 1992, when his son, Dr. Brett Bodamer, joined Parkwood Podiatry Associates’ Brunswick office to follow in his father's footsteps. Twelve years later, Dr. Matthew Eller joined the practice. Together, they bring more than 25 years of combined experience to the Brunswick office using the latest research and advanced technology to deliver complete podiatric care.
Parkwood Podiatry Associates treats a variety of common and rare conditions of the foot and ankle, including heel pain, hammertoe, bunions, flat feet, care of diabetic feet and sports medicine. Treatment options include non-invasive and surgical procedures and new technologies like the CoolTouch laser treatment. The doctors and staff of Parkwood Podiatry Associates are dedicated to providing complete patient care to attain our primary goal of helping you maintain healthy feet. We will take time to make sure you fully understand your diagnosis and treatment options.
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We look forward to meeting you.
DR. BRETT BODAMER, DPM, FACFAS - Dr. Brett Bodamer joined Parkwood Podiatry Associates in 1992. A graduate of the University of Georgia, he then attended the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland and completed his residency in podiatric surgery at Jacksonville Medical Center in Florida. Dr. Bodamer is certified in foot and ankle surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, specializing in the surgical management of foot and ankle conditions and sports medicine. He has specific training in the care of complicated diabetic foot infections and is affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, Georgia Podiatric Medical Association and American Podiatric Medical Association. He is an active staff member at Southeast Georgia Health System. Dr. Bodamer is a native of the Golden Isles and is married with three children. He is a member of Wesley United Methodist Church on St. Simons Island and enjoys golf, soccer and family time.
DR. MATTHEW C.D. ELLER, DPM, FACFAS - Dr. Matthew Eller joined Parkwood Podiatry Associates in 2004. Originally from Savannah, he played football at the University of Georgia before attending Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. After graduation, he completed a one-year primary care residency at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cleveland. Dr. Eller most recently completed a two-year podiatric surgical residency with emphasis on reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, specializing in the surgical management of foot and ankle conditions, sport medicine and specific training in the care of complicated diabetic foot infections and wound care. He is affiliated with the Georgia Podiatric Medical Association and the American Podiatric Medical Association. Dr. Eller is an active staff member at Southeast Georgia Health System. Contributes time and funding to United Way, Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, American Diabetes Association, Junior Woman's League and the American Heart Association. He enjoys hunting, fishing, outdoor activities and sports.
Parkwood Podiatry Associates combines the latest state of the art technology with attentive patient care to significantly reduce or eliminate virtually all types of foot and ankle pain.
Reconstructive Ankle and Foot Surgery • Bunions and Hammertoes
Ankle and Foot Fracture Care • Ingrown Nails • Diabetic Foot Care and Diabetic Shoes
Sports Medicine • Diagnostic Ultrasound for Lower Leg Swelling
Certified Wound Care Specialists • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment
Noninvasive Vascular Testing for Peripheral Arterial Disease
Footmaxx Gait Analysis and Orthotic Line • Digital X-Ray
Diagnostic Ultrasound for Guided Injections
Fungus of the toenails is a common problem that can affect people of all ages, although it most commonly affects individuals who are older. Toenail fungus often begins as an infection in the skin commonly known as athlete’s foot. The fungus often starts under the nail fold at the end of the nail. Over time it grows underneath the nail and causes changes to its appearance, such as a yellow or brownish discoloration. It can also cause thickening and deformity of the toenail.
Parkwood Podiatry Associates is excited to introduce a new and innovative laser treatment for discolored unhealthy yellow toenails. We are the first practice with this advanced technology in Southeast Georgia.
It’s simple, painless and only takes minutes per session in the privacy of our office.
With an 80 to 90% effectiveness rate, our therapy laser treatment is safe and practical.
Achilles Tendonitis and Achilles Tendonosis - Occurring in the heel, Achilles tendonitis is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon. Although typically short-lived, if not resolved, it may progress to Achilles tendonosis which is degeneration of the tendon in which it loses its organized structure and is likely to develop microscopic tears. Sometimes the degeneration involves the site where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone. In rare cases, chronic degeneration with or without pain may result in rupture of the tendon.
Bunions - A bunion is often described as a bump on the side of the big toe, but it is more than that. The visible bump actually reflects changes in the bony framework of the front part of the foot. The big toe leans toward the second toe, rather than pointing straight ahead. This throws the bones out of alignment – producing the bunion’s “bump.” Bunions are a progressive disorder. They begin with a leaning of the big toe, gradually changing the angle of the bones over the years and slowly producing the characteristic bump, which becomes increasingly prominent.
Calluses - A callus is a thickened area of skin on the foot caused by pressure and repeated rubbing, such as from a shoe or sock. The rubbing causes the skin to produce a layer of protective skin (a callus). Calluses vary in size, and can become painful. There are a number of treatments for painful calluses. People who have calluses are cautioned against performing “bathroom surgery,” as this can lead to cuts and infection. A foot and ankle surgeon can evaluate the cause of the calluses and recommend the treatment most appropriate for your condition. However, if the underlying cause of the callus is not treated or removed, the callus may return.
Corns - A "corn" is a small circular thickened lesion in the skin of the foot. It usually forms due to repeated pressure on the skin, such as the rubbing of a shoe. The name "corn" comes from its resemblance to a kernel of corn. A corn is different from a callus in that it has a central core of hard material. People with foot deformities, such as hammertoes, often suffer from corns because the tops of the bent toes rub against the tops of shoes. There are a number of treatment options for corns. When corns get hard enough to cause pain, a foot and ankle surgeon will recommend the treatment option most appropriate for you. However, if the underlying cause of the corn is not treated or removed, the corn may return. It is important to avoid trying to remove a corn at home or using medicated corn pads, as serious infection may occur.
Custom Orthotic Devices - Custom orthotics are medical devices prescribed by a foot and ankle surgeon. These shoe inserts, which support and align the foot and lower extremities, are formed by making a plaster mold of the foot.
Flexible Flatfoot - Typically beginning in childhood or adolescence and continuing into adulthood, it usually occurs in both feet and progresses in severity throughout the adult years. As the deformity worsens, the soft tissues (tendons and ligaments) of the arch may stretch or tear and can become inflamed. The term “flexible” means that while the foot is flat when standing, the arch returns when not standing.
Hammertoes - Usually start out as mild deformities and get progressively worse over time. In the earlier stages, hammertoes are flexible and the symptoms can often be managed with noninvasive measures. But if left untreated, hammertoes can become more rigid and will not respond to non-surgical treatment. Because of the progressive nature of hammertoes, they should receive early attention.
Heel Pain - Most often caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome when a spur is present. Heel pain may also be due to other causes, such as a stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis, nerve irritation, or, rarely, a cyst. Because there are several potential causes, it is important to have heel pain properly diagnosed. A foot and ankle surgeon is able to distinguish between all the possibilities and determine the underlying source of your heel pain.
Ingrown Toenail - When a toenail is ingrown, it is curved and grows into the skin, usually at the sides of the nail. This “digging in” of the nail irritates the skin, often creating pain, redness, swelling, and warmth in the toe. If an ingrown nail causes a break in the skin, bacteria may enter and cause an infection in the area, which is often marked by drainage and a foul odor. However, even if the toe isn’t painful, red, swollen, or warm, a nail that curves downward into the skin can progress to an infection.
Nail Fungus - A fungus is an organism that lives in warm moist areas. Fungus of the toenails is a common problem that can affect people of all ages, although it most commonly affects individuals who are older. Toenail fungus often begins as an infection in the skin commonly known as athlete’s foot. The fungus often starts under the nail fold at the end of the nail. Over time it grows underneath the nail and causes changes to its appearance, such as a yellow or brownish discoloration. It can also cause thickening and deformity of the toenail.
Neuroma - A neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue that may develop in various parts of the body. The most common neuroma in the foot is a Morton’s neuroma, which occurs between the third and fourth toes. Neuromas may also occur in other locations in the foot. The thickening, or enlargement, of the nerve that defines a neuroma is the result of compression and irritation of the nerve. This compression creates enlargement of the nerve, eventually leading to permanent nerve damage.
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Brunswick Office - Located in Southeast Georgia Health System Outpatient Care Building
2500 Starling Street, Suite 301, Brunswick, Georgia 31520, 912-265-4766
Hinesville Office - Conveniently located directly across from the National Guard Armory
600 East Oglethorpe Highway • Hinesville, Georgia 31313 • 912-368-3036
Brunswick Office located in Southeast Georgia Health System Outpatient Care Building • 2500 Starling Street, Suite 301 • Brunswick, Georgia 31520 • 912-265-4766
Hinesville Office is located directly across from the National Guard Armory • 600 East Oglethorpe Highway • Hinesville, Georgia 31313 • 912-368-3036