“Podiatry is a rewarding specialty because I get to literally help patients get back on their feet after an injury or debilitating condition. My ultimate goal is to help patients return to the activities they enjoy and experience a better quality of life.”
Specialized Care for the Foot
Dr. Lonbaken cares for all bone, joint and muscle health concerns of the feet and ankles. His special interests include reconstructive foot surgery and diabetic limb salvage. His care encompasses sprains, fractures, arthritis, warts, corns, infections, plantar fasciitis, etc., as well as diabetic foot care. Dr. Lonbaken also performs inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures, for example, the removal of bunions, hammertoes and ingrown toenails. Dr. Lonbaken has more than 20 years experience in his specialty.
Reconstructive and Diabetic Foot Surgery
Reconstructive surgery involves the latest techniques to help patients regain function or stability, reduce pain, or prevent further deformity or disease. There are many conditions that might necessitate surgery, from arthritis to injury to congenital conditions. Reconstructive surgery may include tendon repair/transfer, fusion of bone, bone grafting, soft tissue repair, osteotomy of bone (cutting of bones in a precise fashion), and use of fixation devices such as screws or pins to stabilize and repair bone.
Dr. Lonbaken has 23 years experience in diabetic foot surgery. He specializes in limb salvage, the specialty of preventing leg amputation. Dr. Lonbaken has a limb salvage program at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre, S.D., which specializes in treating high-risk wounds and infections. The program has been very successful as Avera St. Mary’s has a very low leg amputation rate.
Dr. Lonbaken is an avid scuba diver and has taken advanced training to become a divemaster. He also enjoys golf and weight lifting.