About Segel Podiatry

Dr. Jay Segel, Podiatrist has been practicing on Martha’s Vineyard for the last 33 years. After majoring in Medical Technology at Michigan State University, he attended and graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1983. He moved out East to do his residency at Harvard through the Cambridge City Hospital. He opened his practice on Martha's Vineyard in June of that year. His staff, well trained, professional and knowledgable, is led by Joseph Oliver, Podiatric Care Coordinator and Fred Thornburgh, Administrative Assistant.

read more
Dr Jay Segel, DPM

Our Philosophy

Our practice has always taken a decidedly holistic approach to footcare for all ages, specializing in:

  • Preventative medicine
  • Biomechanics and Computerized Gait Analysis
  • Treatment of foot deformities
  • Rehabilitation of injuries and disorders of the foot
  • Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging
  • Fungal and Ingrown Nail Care
  • Diabetic Footwear

    We believe that...

    Getting a good diagnosis is important. For most patients with biomechanical foot problems, imaging the foot in real time and looking at the structures is very important. Combined with a history and physical exam and lab studies when appropriate, a diagnosis should become clear. Remember that the foot is a complex unit relying on multiple structures to work together on uneven flat surfaces. Often, foot problems are attributable to more than one weak link in the chain and may have more than one diagnosis.


    Conditions I treat with manual therapy, massage, manipulation, mobilization and foot topicals.


    • Arthritis Tendonitis
    • Swelling Diabetes
    • Healed fractures
    • Healed fractures
    • Plantar Fasci-itis
    • Heel Spur Syn
    • Post-op Scaring
    • Bunions Circulation Disorders
    • Joint subluxation Contractures
    • Trauma Foot wetness and odor

    Here's why I choose conservative/holistic treatment over surgery: When you cut you kill, and when you kill, you leave behind scar tissue. This is of particular concern because as the foot bears weight the skin needs to stretch and scar tissue restricts that needed motion. In addition many of people's foot complains have their foundation in biomechanics, so fixing such mechanical problems with surgery may result in reoccurance. Instead, we choose to treat these biomechanical problems by adjusting the way a person bears weight and moves through orthotic therapy and shoe gear.


    What about orthotics

    I view orthotics as “glasses” for you feet. Most recently I heard a biomechanist/chiropractor refer to them as “foot seatbelts”. They are a great non-invasive method of correcting or assisting the way you bear weight and walk. By redistributing pressures, balancing limb length, supporting structure, correcting and/or accomodating deformities,and while providing shock absorbtion and energy return throughout the body, Orthotics are a terrific way of fixing problems and preventing others. Orthotics have been effectively used by Podiatrists to treat a variety of foot problems including :


    • Preventative medicine
    • Arthritis of all types
    • Plantar Fasciitis
    • Heel Spur Syndrome
    • Excessive Pronation
    • Diabetes
    • Bunions
    • Corns and Callouses
    • Contracted toes
    • Flat Feet
    • Shin Splints
    • Short Limb Syndrome
    • Morton’s Neuroma
    • Parkinson’s Disease
    • High Arches
    • Unsteady or Abnormal Gait
    • Unstable ankles
    • Polymyalgia
    • Chronic Pain


    I have also received referrals to make orthotics to treat knee, hip and back problems as well.


    What about nail and skin care?

    In keeping with our educational and holistic -based practice , we explain about nail cutting, proper nail length, fungal infections, ingrowing nails and the use of vitamins and topical preparations in footcare. When cutting and training nails, performing foreign body removals, wart treatments, incision and drainage of hematomas and infections, we use sterilized tools and state of the art grinders with a vacuum to remove the resulting particulate matter and fungal dust out of the air.