Considering that the average American will over the course of a lifetime walk about 115,000 miles, or the equivalent of about four laps around the Earth, it is no wonder that three-quarters of us will experience at least one foot problem somewhere along the journey.
That’s a heavy load to put on a couple of complicated structures that house 52 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and assorted tendons.
But it is a load new The Dalles podiatrist Joshua Boone, D.P.M., stands ready to lighten.
After completing several years of schooling and training, interrupted by a year-long stint in Iraq, the foot-and-ankle specialist opened his new practice at MCMC | OHSU Orthopedics this August and hit the ground running. Pun intended.
The northern Arizona native says he was attracted to The Dalles because it felt a lot like home. “My wife, Kara, and I always wanted to raise our family in a rural area with many outdoor activities similar to the small towns where we grew up,” says the father of four children, ages 1, 3, 5 and 7.”
“I really like the idea of having a high-quality orthopedics team right down the hall to work together with and bounce ideas off.”
Dr. Boone earned his bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University. However, before graduating, the aspiring doctor and sergeant with the U.S. Army National Guard Transportation Unit was in 2003 deployed to Iraq, where he served as a truck driver. “My grandfather fought in World War II, and I am proud to be able to say I served too,” Dr. Boone says. “It was an eye-opening experience, but a good one. I certainly came home more appreciative of what we have here.”
After his service, Dr. Boone completed his undergraduate degree then earned his doctor of podiatric medicine degree from Midwestern University in Glendale, Ariz., where he graduated at the top of his class.
He was then accepted into one of the top surgical residencies in the country, Scripps-Mercy Hospital & Trauma Center in San Diego. He rotated through several different hospitals and numerous surgery centers becoming proficient in foot and ankle surgery.
Following his years in San Diego, Dr. Boone was accepted for advanced training at the Sacramento Kaiser Surgery Program, where he received additional training in foot and ankle surgery.
As a podiatrist, Dr. Boone says he treats “anything having to do with the feet and ankles.” Sports injuries, fractures, sprains and foot problems related to diabetes are among the most common conditions he sees, but his expertise covers many others, including ankle/foot fractures, sprains and arthritis; bunions and hammer toes; chronic joint pain; diabetic limb salvage; flatfeet/high-arch feet; ingrown toenails; infections; nerve problems/neuromas; tendon problems and surgery of the foot and ankle. Dr. Boone sees patients of all ages.
“It’s a very diverse specialty, and I really enjoy it because people often leave my office feeling better than they did when they came in. That’s very rewarding,” he says.