Premier/Crozer-Keystone Physician Spotlight: William
William Urbas, D.P.M., who is board-certified in
foot and ankle surgery, specializes in medical and surgical treatments of the
foot and ankle. He is also the chairman of Podiatry at Crozer-Chester Medical
Center and director of Crozer-Keystone’s Podiatric Surgical Residency Program.
A graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric
Medicine, Dr. Urbas completed his residency at Kennedy Memorial
Hospitals-University Medical Center in Washington Township, N.J.
routinely gives community-based presentations and enjoys being able to educate
and provide this service to the public. The following information is based on a
recent presentation, “Common Disorders of the Foot and Ankle,” that he gave at
a local library.
ankle injuries are among the most common orthopedic injuries out there,” Urbas
says. “Most of us put strain on our feet and ankles every day, especially
the most common injuries to our feet and ankles include plantar fasciitis, heel
spurs, ankle sprains, tendonitis and tarsal tunnel syndrome.
is a common condition that causes heel pain,” Urbas says. “It is due to
irritation and inflammation of the tight tissue that forms the arch of the
foot.” Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include heel pain with prolonged
walking and standing.
a condition that can be closely related to plantar fasciitis, is a hook of bone
that forms where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel bone,” Urbas adds.
can occur in the ankle and high ankle,” Urbas says. “Sprains can occur as a result
of ligaments of the foot stretching too far, or tearing due to injury,” Urbas
adds. “Treatment of an ankle sprain is important so that you can get back to
activity quickly. Treatment depends on the severity of the sprain, but can
include wrapping the ankle with a bandage, applying ice, elevating the ankle
and gradually returning to walking and exercise.”
common foot injury is Achilles tendonitis, which causes pain at the back of the
calf, and may result in a rupture of the Achilles tendon in severe cases.
these common conditions can be treated with stretching, exercises and other
forms of physical therapy,” Urbas adds. “Surgical treatment options are usually
recommended for certain conditions, when conservative measures fail, or when
the condition is emergent.”
conditions that can affect the foot and ankle include: ingrown toenails, fungal
nails, warts, corns, bunions and diabetic foot conditions.
Dr. Urbas is on the medical staff of Crozer-Chester
Medical Center, Delaware County Memorial Hospital, Springfield Hospital and
Taylor Hospital. He has office locations in Springfield and Darby. For
appointments or referrals, please call (610) 534-6330.