SULLIVAN, Ind. — Officials at Sullivan County Community Hospital said they listened to residents about what they would like to see when it comes to healthcare.
That is why you’ll find a new podiatrist, Dr. Sharif, ready to serve patients.
“We treat pretty much everything that is below the knee, um, ranging from diabetes to trauma to uh bunions and hammertoes,” Dr. Sharif said.
Dr. Sharif went to medical school in Ohio, and is extensively trained in diabetic limb salvage.
“Diabetics have a lot of issues with developing wounds due to what’s called peripheral neuropathy, um, a condition where you have a progressive loss of sensation in your feet,” he explained. “And because of that, you wouldn’t be able to tell if you have a wound or a lesion or, uh, a problem spot.”
Sometimes these wounds or problem spots can get infected which can lead to amputation. So it’s important for patients to get treated as soon as possible.
“I try and prevent amputation as much as possible,” Dr. Sharif said.
Besides taking care of diabetic patients, Dr. Sharif also sees patients for a variety of other issues.
“If you’re experiencing any, uh, new onset of pain or chronic pain in your foot or ankle,” he said, “set up an appointment with us, and we can address and assess you and see what’s going on.”
The podiatry department will work to diagnose the issue, provide a comprehensive plan to alleviate the pain as quickly as possible and provide surgery if necessary.
Dr. Sharif treats student athletes as well.
“They suffer a lot of ankle inversion, sprains, and, uh, we have a lot of therapy that we can help them with,” he said. “And we can also address it surgically if it’s a persistent problem.”
Dr. Sharif is currently taking new patients. To make an appointment, call 812-268-2590.