Dr. Robert Califano and Dr. Brighid Lodge provide a full range of services for the treatment of foot disorders for both children and adults. Some of the more common conditions seen include heel and arch pain, bunions, arthritis, ganglions, hammertoes, sprains, fractures, ingrown nails, nerve entrapments, tendonitis and warts. Diabetic foot care is also available. The doctors will always pursue conservative therapy initially for these conditions. Treatment modalities may include supportive tape strappings, oral medications, injections, casting or custom orthotics. However if these approaches are unsuccessful, surgery may be indicated. Surgery is commonly performed on an outpatient basis. The doctors are on staff at Ellis Hospital including their affiliate The Bellevue Campus and the New England Surgery Center.
Dr. Califano has been in practice in the Capital Region since 1985. Prior to that time, he was in practice in San Diego where he served as president of San Diego County Podiatry Association as well as Director of Podiatric Residency Program at Villa View Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Hartford and the California College of Podiatric Medicine. He completed his residency in foot surgery at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Francisco. He is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He has served as president of the Northeast division of the New York State Podiatric Medical Association and acts as a consultant to the New York State Education Department. He is chief of podiatry at The New England Surgery Center.
Dr. Lodge graduated from Kings College, Wilkes-Barre, Pa with a BS in Biology. She participated in research while in college which was then published in the Journal of Rheumatology in 2001. She graduated from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. She served her residency in foot surgery at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Binghamton, NY where she was named resident of the year in 2004 and 2006. She is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, and Board Certified with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.