Podiatrist Barbara Porchia, DPM, Joins UAMS Orthopaedics

By Linda Satter

The podiatrist from Camden, who has more than 20 years of experience treating foot and ankle conditions, is seeing patients every Tuesday through Friday at the UAMS Orthopaedic Clinic at 10815 Colonel Glenn Road, Suite 500.

As an assistant professor in the UAMS College of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, she joins fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeons Robert D. Martin, M.D., and Chelsea Mathews, M.D., to provide comprehensive foot care as part of UAMS’ rapidly expanding orthopaedic services.

“Dr. Porchia is an experienced provider and brings a level of skill that benefits our patients,” said C. Lowry Barnes, professor and chair of the UAMS Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. “With the addition of Dr. Porchia, we are now able to offer complete foot care services to meet the needs of our communities.”

Porchia treats a wide range of foot and ankle conditions. She manages patients with corrective orthotic footwear; treats podiatric nail disorders, including removal of unhealthy tissue in patients with diabetes and peripheral vascular disease; performs heel-pain injections; removes warts and treats ingrown nails; performs ulcer assessments; provides prophylactic and emergent foot wound care; and prescribes diabetic shoes and foot braces to improve mobility and function. She has a special interest in diabetic foot care.

Before coming to UAMS, Porchia was in private practice full-time in Camden, where she continues to see patients on Mondays. She has been practicing at South Central Foot Care, PLLC since 1999, and for several years, operated satellite offices for the clinic in El Dorado, Little Rock and Forrest City.

She paused her private practice in 2003 to complete a two-year podiatric surgical residency at the Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago.

Previously, she was in private practice in New Orleans after completing a residency in primary podiatric medicine at St. Michael Hospital in Cleveland.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, followed by her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine (formerly the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine) in Cleveland.

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