McFarland Clinic

Christy Christophersen, MD

Accepting New Patients

515-239-4475

4.81 out of 5
  • 91 Patient Ratings

Primary Clinic

1215 Duff Avenue Office

1215 Duff Ave
Ames, IA 50010

Location Details on 1215 Duff Avenue Office

Patient Testimonials

About

Medical Interests

All foot and ankle surgery in pediatric and adult patients

  • Foot deformity including flatfoot and cavovarus deformities
  • Sports injuries and sprains
  • Neurological foot and ankle deformities
  • Trauma and fracture management
  • Foot and ankle arthritis
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes

From Dr. Christophersen

When people ask me about my specialty, my preferred answer is I take care of all foot and ankle problems, starting at the toes and going to the knee. Most of what I do involves addressing foot deformity and pain.

One of the most common questions I get from patients is what makes me different from podiatry. At face value, it seems we do similar types of surgery, however, our training is very different. First, I am a physician, my training as a physician is important because it allows me to consider the patient as a whole when it comes to a treatment plan. I believe in seeing the patient from a holistic perspective, taking into consideration the mind-body connection.  Second, I am an orthopaedic surgeon. A significant part of orthopaedic training is studying biomechanics, in addition to learning about fracture management, arthroplasty, and general orthopaedic principles. The education I am most grateful for is knowing how to correlate clinical findings with imaging and the importance of combining those two to provide the best treatment for my patient(s). Finally, I have additional subspecialty training in foot and ankle surgery. I completed an additional 12 months of fellowship in foot and ankle that allowed me to focus solely on foot and ankle treatment, including both non-operative and operative intervention.

Helping patients meet their goals is what inspires me. To me, "extraordinary care, everyday" means creating a treatment plan that fits my patient's unique goals and helping them get back to what they want to do. There is no better feeling than witnessing a patient achieve their goals. When a patient comes for a visit I like to sit down and have a conversation. I want to get to know my patient's goals and understand the things they want to get back to doing. Based upon this information, we discuss the various treatment options, including non-operative and operative interventions, and come up with an individualized treatment plan that best suits their needs. Truthfully, if we can come up with a treatment plan utilizing non-operative measures, I view that as a win!

Joined McFarland Clinic

September 2021

Education & Professional Certification

Education

St. Mary's University, Minneapolis, MN

  • Bachelors of Science, Human Services

University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN

  • Doctor of Medicine

Residency

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Hahnemann University Hospital/Drexel College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency

Fellowship

University of Rochester, Rochester, New York

  • Foot & Ankle Fellowship

Professional Societies

  • American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Iowa Orthopaedic Society

Professional & Personal Interests

Hobbies and Personal Interests

Travel, cooking, dining, yoga, and hiking

Resources

Foot and Ankle Treatments

Dr. Christy Christophersen discusses treatments for foot and ankle injuries and deformities.

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