Are you looking for a foot and ankle surgeon? Pain and loss of function in our feet and ankles can be a huge obstacle, and we understand that getting your body back to normal is of the utmost importance to you.

That is why we offer the highest standard of care in foot and ankle surgery. We seek to make your visit simple, stress-free, and effective! It is our goal to resolve your pain and function issues in a way that allows you to live the life you are accustomed to.

Don’t live in pain! There are a number of causes for foot and ankle issues, please contact us today so we can identify the cause and solution for your particular problem! We want you to be walking, running, jumping and living the lifestyle you want to!

Contact us today to learn more about foot and ankle surgery or any specific conditions you may be experiencing. We’d be happy to speak with you and discuss your care!

Dr. Walimire


Dr. Peter Walimire is a native Ohioan (Go Bucks!) and attended the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, graduating in 2007. There he learned from some of the best educators at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic. He excelled as a student and was one of two individuals chosen for the highly competitive residency program at Florida Hospital East Orlando where he covered the foot and ankle trauma service at one of the busiest hospitals in the state. There he performed thousands of procedures and learned the most advanced foot and ankle surgical techniques. After graduating from his residency in 2010, he moved to southwest Florida and started in private practice. He has practiced with the Athletic Orthopedic and Reconstructive Center since October 2011. He has since earned board certification in foot surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and is an active member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, the Florida Podiatric Medical Association, the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and the Lee County Podiatric Medical Society.

It is important to know that not all foot and ankle specialists are trained equally. Unlike many local podiatrists, Dr. Walimire trained under the most current and rigorous standards of foot and ankle surgery. When choosing a surgeon, it is of utmost importance to choose one who routinely performs the type of procedure you need and who is proficient at repairing your problem in a variety of different ways. This ensures that the best procedure is being performed for your condition, not the easiest one. Getting a second opinion prior to surgery can help you to determine who you feel the most comfortable with for your treatment.

Dr. Walimire believes in working WITH our patients to maintain and improve their health. Dealing with a foot and ankle problem can be very interrupting to your normal schedule and we focus on making your treatment as seamless as possible with your everyday life. Most importantly, Dr. Walimire never rushes his patients and will LISTEN to your concerns. We then evaluate your current life situation and develop treatment plans which will help to minimize stress and maximize healing. Dr. Walimire is widely known for making patients feel comfortable with his calm and friendly demeanor in the face of these stresses. When your problem becomes life altering, you require the care of an experienced, compassionate doctor who will walk you through the healing process step by step. Dr. Peter Walimire has helped thousands of people through these circumstances and is available to help you through the course of your care as well.

EDUCATION

The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine Cleveland, OH August 2003 – May 2007

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

Cornerstone University Grand Rapids, MI August 1997 – May 2001

Bachelor of Arts – Biology major/Chemistry minor

POST-GRADUATE TRAINING

Florida Hospital East Orlando

Orlando, FL, July 2007 – June 2010

Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency (PM&S-36)

Thirty-six month program with extensive training in elective forefoot, rearfoot, and ankle surgery, with a high volume of foot and ankle trauma, diabetic limb salvage, and foot and ankle reconstructive surgery with the application of both internal and external fixation devices.

Additional ten months of surgical and medical rotations: Emergency Medicine,Internal Medicine, Orthopedics, General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Infectious Diseases, Anesthesiology, Radiology, and Pathology.

Comprehensive clinical training in hospital patient management and outpatient treatment at the Florida Hospital East Orlando Family Health Center.

Fifty-two weeks of Emergency Room foot and ankle trauma call

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Associate, Athletic Orthopaedic Reconstructive Center October 2011 – present
    Fort Myers, FL
  • Associate, Foot and Ankle Center September 2010 – September 2011
    Cape Coral, FL
  • Associate, Foot and Ankle Associates of Florida July 2010 – September 2010
    Orlando, FL

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

  • The Sharks Olympic Distance Classic Triathlon Medical Tent, Sarasota, FL 2009
  • Special Olympics of Florida, Healthy Athletes Initiative, Fit Feet division, 2007-present
  • Rite-Aid Cleveland Marathon Medical Tent Volunteer, Cleveland, OH 2006-2007

CERTIFICATIONS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Board Certified in Foot Surgery by American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Certified in Stryker STAR Total Ankle Replacement
  • Certified in Integra Salto Talaris Total Ankle Replacement
  • Certified in Integra Cadence Total Ankle Replacement

HOSPITAL AND SURGERY CENTER AFFILIATIONS

  • Lee Memorial Hospital
  • Gulf Coast Medical Center
  • Cape Coral Hospital
  • Health Park Medical Center
  • Lee Memorial Outpatient Center at the Sanctuary
  • Cape Coral Surgery Center

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, 2012 – present
  • Associate of American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, 2010 – present
  • American Podiatric Medical Association Member, 2003 – present
  • Florida Podiatric Medical Association Member, 2007 – present

HOSPITAL LEADERSHIP AND COMMITTEES

  • VTE Prevention Committee, Gulf Coast Medical Center – 2018
  • Chief of Surgery, Lehigh Regional Medical Center – 2015 – 2016

HONORS AND AWARDS

Florida Hospital East Orlando

  • Chief Resident 7/09 – 6/10
  • FPMA SAM Seminar – 3rd place, Resident case presentation, 2009

The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

  • American Podiatric Medical Students’ Association Delegate – Class of 2007
  • October 2003 – May 2007
  • President’s Scholarship, 2001 – 2002

PRESENTATIONS AND RESEARCH

Peroneal Tendon Injuries.

Chang’s Master Techniques in Podiatric Surgery, 2nd ed.  A. Shane, C. Reeves, P. Walimire. Lipincott, Wilkins and Williams. Awaiting publication.

“Early Experience Using Radiofrequency Microablation for Treatment of Chronic Heel Pain: A Case Series.”

Poster presentation, 2010 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference. Las Vegas, NV.

“Limb Salvage Following Complications in a Complex Charcot Midfoot Fusion”

FPMA SAM Seminar Resident Case Presentation 2010.

“A Guide to Addressing Lateral Ankle Instability.”

Podiatry Today. December 2009.

 “Open Ankle Fracture/Dislocation in a Missionary Overseas: A Case Report”

FPMA SAM Seminar Resident Case Presentation 2010.

“Digital Gangrene in the Foot as a Result of Anti-Phospholipid Antibody Syndrome: A Case Report.”

Awaiting publication.

 “A Biomechanical Comparison of the Keller 1st MTPJ Arthroplasty versus 1st MTPJ Hemi Implant Using In-shoe F-scan Pressure Mapping”

Poster presentation, 2006 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference. Las Vegas, NV.

Monthly Resident Lecture Series.

Florida Hospital East Orlando. 2007-2010.

Jaskiw, G., Bongiovanni, R., Walimire, P., Kirkbride, B. Tyrosine administration does not affect desipramine-induced dopamine levels as measured in vivo in prefrontal cortex.

Brain Research; 2005; 1054:203-206.

LICENSURE

State of Florida, License # PO3405