Savannah podiatrist specializes in treating your foot and ankle problems

Samuel Hall, DPM

Specialty: Foot and ankle reconstruction 

Office Location:  
Georgia Foot & Ankle Institute
310 Eisenhower Drive, Bldg 7A
Savannah, Ga. 31406
912-355-6503

Education:
Undergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Residency in Podiatric Medicine: St. Vincent Hospital

 

SJ/C: Why did you decide to practice podiatry?

I was nutrition major in undergrad and worked with endocrinologists a lot, and I was doing pediatric endocrinology with nutrition because that’s what I kind of thought I wanted to do. Then, my advisor at the University of Florida was friends with a podiatrist and had me go shadow him. Pretty much everything I liked doing – endocrinology and more so the diabetes side – plus fracture management and reconstruction was in podiatric medicine.

SJ/C: What types of conditions do you treat?

I can treat flat foot and cavus foot, which is the opposite of flat foot, treating high arches; any trauma or fractures; sprains; ankle arthritis; ankle ligament reconstruction. Those are the things I like. We can treat bunions and hammertoe too.

SJ/C: What’s one piece of advice you wish your patients would follow and not ignore?

Listen to and follow your doctor’s advice. For example, some of our diabetes patients don’t have any feeling in their feet, and we will tell them, ‘You can’t walk on this or you will lose a limb.’ Some don’t understand and continue to walk, and it’s hard to get the severity of the situation through to them.

SJ/C: Why do you think it’s important for people to take care of their feet and ankles?

I think people, and I do it too, take your hands and feet for granted until you don’t have one. The statistics say a diabetic who has an amputation has a 50 percent greater chance of losing another, more proximate limb within five years. Your life span starts getting really, really short really quick.

SJ/C: What two pieces of advice do you often find yourself giving to patients?

1. Take care of your feet
2. The faster you contact someone about a problem, the likelihood of success is greater. I tell people that all the time – don’t wait until it stinks or is numb and don’t wait or try to take care of it yourself. Call me with any concerns.

SJ/C: Do you have a story where you thought, ‘This is why I became a doctor?’

When I was deployed, I was in infantry. I wasn’t in the medical field, and no one in my family was in medicine or anything like that, but I was a combat lifesaver in my team. We started IVs and were the first line of defense in a combat situation. If someone got shot, we kept them alive until the actual medic got there. I had several chances to do that while deployed with, not with our guys luckily, but the other guys, trying to keep them alive.

Also, my grandmother had a below the knee amputation secondary to peripheral vascular disease when she was older. Helping her take care of that was interesting. Now, I help others to prevent losing a leg.

 

Family: Wife, five-month-old son
Hobbies/Interest: Spending time with my family, fishing and golfing

  • St. Joseph's Hospital Campus: 11705 Mercy Blvd., Savannah, GA 31419, (p) 912-819-4100
  • Candler Hospital Campus: 5353 Reynolds St., Savannah, GA 31405, (p) 912-819-6000
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