Is Dr. Neitzel accepting new patients?

Dr. Neitzel is currently accepting new patients and serves patients in Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Towsend, Port Ludlow, Poulsbo, Silverdale, Bremerton, Port Orchard, and Gig Harbor.


How is Peninsula Podiatry different from other podiatry practices in the area?

Peninsula Podiatry is an independent practice that offers several benefits to patients including:

  • Same-Day or Next-Day Appointments (please call first as Dr. Neitzel may be in surgery)
  • Short Wait Times
  • Personalized Care Plans for every patient
  • Cutting Edge Care and Technology
  • Minimally Invasive, Nearly Painless Surgery Options 
  • Same-Day Surgeries 

To learn more about us, check out our Why Choose Peninsula Podiatry page.


What is reconstructive rearfoot surgery?

The rearfoot includes the back portion of the foot and ankle, including the heel. When patients don’t respond to conservative treatment for heel pain from plantar fasciitis or heel spurs, for example, reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery may be recommended to restore foot function and alleviate pain.


What is reconstructive forefoot surgery?

The forefoot is the part of the foot just under the toes (ball of the foot).  Forefoot problems are often caused by issues with how the foot interacts with the ground when walking.  Symptoms can be painful, causing deformities such as hallux rigidus (stiff big toe joint), bunions, pain in the ball of the foot and hammertoes. Reconstructive forefoot surgery can be performed as out-patient, same-day surgery.


What conditions does Dr. Neitzel treat?

In Dr. Neitzel’s practice, she sees a lot of patients for heel pain (plantar fasciitis, heel spurs), nail conditions, foot pain, sports injuries (ankle fractures, shin splints), surgical consults, and second opinions. She also specializes in minimally invasive procedures for bunions, hammertoes, nerve decompression, tendonitis, reconstructive forefoot surgery and some rearfoot surgery. These minimally invasive procedures include incisions smaller than a tack, with very minor discomfort, minimal swelling, and return to walking in a specialized shoe almost immediately.


What is Dr. Neitzel’s background?

Dr. Neitzel is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM) with a podiatry practice, Peninsula Podiatry, in Kitsap County, Washington. She has been practicing podiatry for 7 years. She is board-qualified in Foot Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, and board-qualified in Podiatric Medicine by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.

During her residency at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, she received extensive training in reconstructive forefoot and rearfoot surgery, sports medicine/athletic injuries, and limb salvage.


When should you see a podiatrist?

You should see a podiatrist when you have pain or an injury in any part of the foot or ankle and are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms for 1 or 2 days:

  • Severe pain
  • Swelling
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Open sore or wound
  • Infection (redness, warmth, tenderness, or a fever)

If you are unable to walk or put weight on your foot, call your podiatrist immediately.


What does a podiatrist do?

Podiatrists treat common conditions of the foot and ankle including

  • Arthritis
  • Diabetic Foot Care and Wound Care
  • Foot and Ankle Injuries
    • Sprains, Strains, and Fractures
  • Muscle and Tendon Problems
    • Heel Pain
    • Tendinitis
  • Skin Disorders
    • Athlete’s Foot
    • Corns and Calluses
    • Ganglion Cysts
    • Warts
  • Toe Joint and Nerve Disorders
    • Bunions
    • Hammer Toes
    • Neuromas
  • Toenail Problems
    • Ingrown Toenails
    • Toenail Fungus

Why should you see a podiatrist?

You should see a podiatrist for all foot and ankle conditions, injuries, or trauma, as a podiatrist has completed years of rigorous foot and ankle training in podiatric medical school and hospital-based residency training, making him or her uniquely qualified.


What is a podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a foot doctor--a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), who has specialized training to diagnose and treat abnormal conditions of the foot, ankle, and connecting parts of the lower leg. Some podiatrists are specially trained foot and ankle surgeons who perform procedures from bunion correction to tendon repairs.