Although Dr. Barnes favors a conservative treatment approach to most foot & ankle ailments, there are some conditions that, in many cases and situations, are best treated surgically. These may include: foot and ankle fractures, deep foot infections, severe foot deformities, severe and painful bunions & hammertoes, chronic ankle sprains / instability, tendon tears, and localized arthritis. At Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Clinic, patients are always given their options and are asked to play a role in their care, whether conservative or surgical.

Dr. Esther Barnes completed her surgical training at one of the most established Podiatric Medicine & Surgical Residency programs in the country, at Presbyterian - St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver, CO. It was during her residency training that she developed the skills to not only perform traditional forefoot surgical procedures (bunion & hammertoe repairs), but also reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery, including ankle arthroscopy. At the same time, she prides herself in intertwining her surgical training with her biomechanical background when treating her patients. Dr. Barnes is a diplomat of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery, the highest achievement which can be obtained as a Podiatric Surgeon.

At the Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Barnes often performs minor surgical procedures, including ingrown toenail removals, permanent toenail removals, excision of warts, excision of foreign bodies, and minor toe tendon releases. Step Ahead is well equipped with a nice Procedure Room (with nice views) to make this normally uncomfortable experience less uncomfortable.

   

Larger procedures (bunion repairs, all rearfoot and ankle procedures, treatment of foot infections) are performed at either the Surgery Center at the HealthCenter (Kalispell, MT), the Kalispell Regional Medical Center (Kalispell, MT) or at North Valley Hospital (Whitefish, MT). Dr. Barnes maintains privieges with each of these surgical facilities.