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Des Moines University Foot & Ankle is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art medical and surgical care of the foot and ankle.

Our board-certified physicians in podiatric medicine and surgery are dedicated to providing individual patient care and also work together as a team. Patients benefit from the collective expertise of the group as well as from an individual physician’s specific area of interest.

DMU Foot & Ankle is the clinical extension of DMU’s College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. In addition to caring for patients, our physicians are preparing tomorrow’s doctors to use the latest medical and surgical technology.

Des Moines University Clinic
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

Business hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday
Patient appointment hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. – 12:00 Friday

Advanced Clinical and Diagnostic Services

Why Choose DMU Clinic?

Meet some of our physicians

John Bennett, D.P.M.
James Mahoney, D.P.M., FACFAS
Kathy Frush, D.P.M., AACFAS
Kevin Smith, D.P.M., M.S., FACFAS
Robert Yoho, D.P.M., M.S., FACFAS

What is podiatric medicine?

A podiatrist, or podiatric physician, prevents, diagnoses and treats conditions associated with the foot and ankle.


A doctor of podiatric medicine must complete four years of undergraduate work, followed by four years in an accredited podiatric medical school, and a hospital-based residency.
Learn about the doctor of podiatric medicine program at Des Moines University.


In addition to private practice, podiatrists serve on the staffs of hospitals and long-term care facilities, as commissioned officers in the Armed Forces and the U.S. Public Health Service and municipal health departments.


As a podiatric physician, you can have a healthy work/life balance. D.P.M.s work an average of 35-42 hours a week.


Podiatric physicians specialize in surgery, pediatrics, sports medicine, bio-mechanics, primary foot care and trauma.


Nearly all private and public health insurance plans include coverage for podiatric medicine.


The need for podiatric physicians is on the rise because foot and ankle disorders are among the most widespread and neglected health problems.

Patient Services

The Des Moines University Foot & Ankle clinic offers comprehensive care of the foot and ankle including a number of advanced clinical and diagnostic services.

  • Care for common foot/ankle conditions
  • Prevention and treatment of diabetic foot problems
  • Fracture management
  • Treatment of sports-related injuries
  • Foot/ankle surgery and deformity correction
  • Comprehensive wound care, including wound vac therapy

The Deformity Correction Center at DMU was developed to address complex deformities of the foot and ankle using sophisticated reconstructive surgical techniques.

The Human Performance Lab applies the latest medical technology to assess and evaluate musculoskeletal disorders using computerized motion analysis equipment.

The Foot & Ankle clinic also has the capability of evaluating the circulation status of patients using the computerized PADnet system. This system is designed to detect peripheral vascular disease in attempts to decrease the risk of infection or amputation and assist in determining the healing potential of foot ulcerations.

Our doctors have privileges at all the area hospitals and many outpatient surgery facilities:

  • Iowa Methodist Medical Center
  • Iowa Lutheran Hospital
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Mercy West Lakes
  • Methodist West Hospital

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