Fellowship-Trained Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon Specializes in Complex Issues at OSI

Looking to relocate after the birth of his son, Gearin Green was locked in on finding a medical practice known for its commitment to excellence and success where his considerable skills could be put to use.

He found it at the Orthopedic & Sports Institute (OSI), the Appleton, Wis.-based specialty practice created by physicians who pooled their talents to deliver orthopedics in ways decidedly different than what was being offered to the community.

“This group of experts makes it easy to do what’s right for patients,” said Green.

Joining the group in 2020, Green brings a skill set that fits well with the physician-led practice that prides itself on being able to provide comprehensive medical services, a one-stop shop designed with patient convenience in mind.

A board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Green is fellowship trained in foot and ankle reconstruction and specializes in complex foot and ankle issues.
“I truly enjoy practicing the full range of orthopedic surgery, but I really love the diversity of problems that the foot and ankle present,” said Green. “My background has prepared me for those challenges.”

Completing medical school, residency and the foot and ankle fel­lowship — in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania respectively — provided Green with the training to tack­le complex foot and ankle issues and afforded him the opportunity to meet and treat patients of many cultures.

Green mentioned another monumental experience during the training process.

“I met my wife Katherine (an infertility specialist), and we were lucky enough to be able to attend our residencies at the same hospital prior to moving apart for our fellowships,” said Green.

Providing care at OSI locations in Appleton, De Pere and Oshkosh, Green specializes in surgical and non-operative care of the full spectrum of foot and ankle problems, from routine issues to complex reconstructions, limb salvage and revision surgeries. He’s passionate about helping his patients regain their mobility and returning them to their lifestyle.

“We often don’t realize how important it is to have our mobility until it’s taken from us,” said Green. “And there is so much we can do, both conservatively and surgically, to get people moving and back to the things they love to do.”

Crucial in this process, says Green, is getting to know the patient, what their level of function was prior to the injury and understanding their goals and priorities. He considers himself a consultant to the patient, ensuring they understand their issue and the potential solutions available.

“A big part of my job is educating the patient so they can confidently make decisions about their treatment,” said Green. “Sometimes people feel a little helpless or confused, and I’m there to arm them with information they need.”

An abbreviated A-Z list of Green’s foot and ankle specialties includes:

  • Achilles Tendinopathy/Rupture
  • Ankle Fracture Reconstruction
  • Ankle Instability and Cartilage Injury
  • Arthritis of the Foot & Ankle
  • Bunion Care
  • Deformity Correction
  • Flat Feet
  • Fracture Care
  • Revision Surgery
  • Sports Injury/Trauma
  • Total Ankle Replacement

Outside of medicine, the Oregon native is an avid runner and has done numerous marathons, as has his wife. Green prefers competing with himself, and his wife might have something to do with that.

“Oh, Katherine is much faster than I am,” said Green.

An orthopedic surgeon trained to work on basi­cally any bone in the body, Green faced a final ques­tion — So, why the focus on foot and ankle? — and supplied an answer without hesitation.

“A quarter of the bones in the body are below the knee,” said Green. “Foot and ankle is inherently more interesting because there are more parts!”

Scott Hutchinson

Scott Hutchinson

Scott Hutchinson is a writer and content creator for NOVO Health.

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