Partnering with our patients

In partnership with our patients, we believe we can study the effect of treatments to determine a more evidence-based plan of care.

Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center Foot and Ankle TeamWe look to accomplish this through thoughtful study design and by keeping our patients at the center of the outcomes measured.

Our physicians have been recognized by their peers for their excellence in foot and ankle surgery and serve in regional and national leadership roles. Drs. Benjamin Jackson, Ryan Putnam and Bret Smith are members of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons (AOFAS). Dr. Smith is a member of the Education committee. Dr. Jackson serves on the AOFAS program, research and CME committees. Dr. Putnam has published several articles on foot and ankle disorders in premier national journals.

Research initiatives

Our team is focusing on patient-centered experience research by instituting a collection system for patient reported outcome (PRO) metrics through iPad devices. The belief is that with our patients' perspective on their current state of health and their response to treatment should guide our decision-making.

Our team is also seeking to provide efficient and cost-effective care to our patients. To that end, our physicians are studying the utility of ultrasound to diagnose tendinopathy of the foot and ankle. They believe that this tool, when properly utilized, could allow for a more rapid and dynamic assessment of disease and provide a more cost effective way to deliver care.

The physicians believe that, with our patients, they can study the effect of treatments to determine a more evidence-based plan of care. This can be accomplished with thoughtful study design and by keeping our patients at the center of the outcomes measured.

The Foot and Ankle team continues to stay on the cutting edge of orthopedic research. In academic year 2015, our team applied for more than $400,000 of grant funding. Currently there are six IRB-approved research studies involving foot and ankle patients and look forward to doubling that number during the next calendar year.