Paul M. Cammack, MD

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Dr. Cammack’s practice is focused on treating problems in the foot and ankle. The most common ankle procedures he performs are ankle replacements, ankle fusions, ankle arthroscopy, ankle ligament reconstruction, Achilles tendon surgery, and ankle fracture surgeries. The most common foot procedures he performs are flat foot reconstructions, bunion corrections, arthritis surgeries, hammertoe corrections and foot fracture surgeries. This includes fractures of the calcaneus, talus and Lisafranc joints. In addition, Dr. Cammack works at a Level 1 Trauma Center, providing operative and non-operative care for hip and extremity injuries.

If you are a new patient, please arrive to your appointment early in order to complete the registration process. In addition, please bring the following:

  • Driver’s License or State ID
  • Referral (if required by insurer)
  • Insurance information
  • Copies of operation records, medical records, x-rays, MRIs and CT scans from prior doctor visits
  • List of current medications and any known allergies
  • Any orthotics or braces you currently use or have tried.

Yes, absolutely. The more information we have regarding your unique situation and past history, the better equipped we are to provide the highest level of care. Bringing any previous x-rays, scans, and/or documentation (if available) is helpful.  If you do not have this information, don’t worry; additional images can be taken during your visit.

Before your Appointment

Once your appointment is made, you will be directed to fill out a medical history form either prior to your appointment online or on the clinic iPads. When a patient sees me for the first time, my clinical staff will greet you and gather some information regarding your health history and symptoms that brings you in. We will discuss what additional means or diagnostic tests need to be performed to best assess your condition. Our x-ray staff will assist with radiologic needs right here in clinic, if necessary. We will discuss treatment options whether they are conservative, operative or both. My patient care coordinator is also available for further scheduling of tests or surgery as well. We will have a lengthy conversation about any recovery needs or expectations moving forward.

If you have records from another physician, provider, or hospital you may bring them with you to your appointment. If you do not have a copy, please contact the physician, provider, or hospital prior to your TCO appointment to let them know we will be requesting them.

After your Appointment

If an MRI scan or other diagnostic test was ordered, you will be called with the results once they are accessible. We will contact you at the number you provided in your registration, a brief message will be left if you are not available. If you do not hear from us within 7 days of your scan, please contact us. We will discuss your plan of care and next steps during this call.

If you have questions after your appointment, please feel free to contact my Patient Care Coordinator, Krisi at 763-302-2226. She will assist you with answering your questions or messaging me for further support.

After most ankle and many foot surgical procedures, a bulky splint is applied and is kept on for about the first two weeks after surgery. In some cases patients are placed into a post-op boot or shoe with instructions on their weight bearing abilities. Wear loose fitting clothes to your surgery that will fit over a large splint. Loose shorts, sweatpants or a skirt typically work best.

If surgery is performed on the left foot, patients can typically drive at any point if they are not taking pain medication. If surgery is performed on the right foot, it is typically safe to drive when you are fully weight bearing and not in a post-op boot.

Most patients who are non-weight bearing use crutches or a knee scooter to get around after surgery. Either option will be arranged at your appointment before surgery. If you are going to be able to bear some weight after surgery this will be discussed prior to surgery.

Each individual will experience different pain levels, but it is our goal to have you feeling 100% as soon as possible. To get an idea of the pain expectations for your individual case, please discuss with me at your appointment. Please note that we strive to get our patients off narcotic pain medication as soon as possible. It can be needed shortly after surgery, but we do not advocate long-term use of pain medication. We take pain medication very seriously and make sure it is necessary before signing a prescription for any patient. Always call with any pain concerns.