Dr. Robert Califano, Dr. Brighid Lodge and Dr. Kurt Relation 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.
Dr. Relation graduated with honors from Hudson Valley Community College in 2004. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University at Albany where he graduated Cum Laude in 2006. He then studied podiatric medicine at Dr. William M Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, IL. Graduating in 2012, he went on to complete a 3 year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency with Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Certification, at Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital in Binghamton, NY. He served as Chief Resident during his final year, and had the opportunity to train under the tutelage of Dr. Guido LaPorta. During his residency, Dr. Relation completed a two month Orthopedic and Podiatric Rotation at the International Center for Limb Lengthening at the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, the New York State Podiatric Medical Association, an Associate of the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine, and an Associate of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He is Board Certified with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.
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 theJournal 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 Board Certified with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association.
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 the 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.