By Deborah Bostock-Kelley

Tidewater Foot and Ankle Associates, the name a callout to the coastal Chesapeake, Maryland region where its founder was born, strives to fill a need in the Westchase community where Dr. Megan Johnson has set down roots.

On staff at Mease Countryside Hospital and Countryside Surgery Center, Dr. Johnson opened Tidewater Foot and Ankle in November 2018, and has been practicing in the Tampa Bay area for five years. 

An avid sportswoman her whole life, she sustained numerous ankle injuries in her youth treated by a local foot and ankle specialist. She has experienced rehabilitation firsthand and she knew that despite being in a male-dominated profession, podiatry was how she would help others. 

 “The number of women in podiatry is growing; however, in this region, it is a predominately male field.  I think some people are looking for female doctors, so I think that I am filling that need in the area. I also chose Westchase because I wanted to practice close to home.”

After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree from Towson University, Dr. Johnson received a medical degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, IL.   She went on to complete a 3-year Foot and Ankle surgical residency in Washington, DC. with specialized training in limb salvage at Georgetown University Hospital.

However, Dr. Johnson treats all conditions of the foot and ankle, including conservative and surgical care of tendon and bone injuries, fractures, sprains, Achilles tendon tears, arthritis, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, nerve pain, wounds, ingrown toenails, skin conditions such as plantar warts and fungal toe nails, and elective procedures like bunion correction, hammertoe correction, and removal of neuromas (painful, enlarged nerves in the foot).   Other common conditions diagnosed and treated by Dr. Johnson include infections related to diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, and neuropathy.

She is proud to distinguish herself from others in the field by offering her patients the latest state-of-the-art in-office technology like EPAT shockwave therapy and Laser therapy. 

Using acoustic waves, EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activated Technology) helps to restore the body’s normal healing processes and tissue regeneration.  

“I offer alternative treatment options that patients may not have had available to them before. I use EPAT for tendon problems, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, and neuromas. EPAT provides excellent results with no downtime,” she said. “I also perform laser treatment for fungal toenails and for treatment of chronic pain.  Patients are pleased with the results when after months of self-care or other treatments fail.”

[More information on EPAT and Laser therapy can be found at https://www.tidewaterfoot.com.]

Dr. Johnson stresses that education and time spent with the patient is the key to success.  

 “It is imperative to explain to the patient what exactly is going on with the foot and ankle both anatomically and mechanically, how we are going to make it better, and how we are going to prevent the problem from coming back in the future. I think that patients really do appreciate the time I spend with them to help them fully understand the problem.”

Dr. Johnson admits that her true passion is sports medicine.  Having completed many half-marathons, she stresses that foot or ankle pain is not normal, and should always be evaluated. 

“I strive to provide complete expert care of the foot, ankle, and lower leg for patients of all ages and activity level.  Westchase and Tampa Bay is such an active community, and I intend to keep it that way.”

Tidewater Foot and Ankle Associates is located in Westchase Commons at 13019 W. Linebaugh Avenue, Suite 101, Tampa, FL 33626. Hours of Operation are Monday through Wednesday 9am – 5pm and Friday 9am – 3pm, closed Thursday and weekends. For more information on Dr. Johnson and Tidewater Foot and Ankle Associates, visit https://www.tidewaterfoot.com or on Facebook.