Welcome to Our Practice

At Ankle and Foot Centers, we believe that a doctor and patient become a team for treating an individual's feet. Our physicians spend most of their time listening to understand your concerns and responding with the best treatment options for you. With the help of our professional staff, they also follow up to make sure that general pain is relieved, problems are resolved and your health improves.

Podiatric Treatments in Pierce & King Counties

We also want our patients to be informed about podiatric problems and treatments, because informed patients make better decisions about their health and well being. That is why we've included an extensive section on this web site covering the full array of topics associated with podiatry and podiatric diagnoses and treatments. We encourage you to look through these pages whenever you have an interest or concern about your feet.

We also know that convenience in the Puget Sound area is important to your selection of a podiatrist. In these web pages you'll find information about Ankle and Foot Centers offices, including all of our locations, maps, directions, hours, insurance policies and appointment scheduling. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have or to request an appointment. We hope you'll find our practice offers the accessibility and personal commitment you look for from a physician.

"I can't say enough good things about Dr Chu and his staff at the Puyallup branch. Dr Chu performed my foot surgery at Overlake and the results are better than I could have imagined. He is a very personable doctor and I will miss the talks we had about various subjects of interest to us both."
Ron Peterson, Facebook User
"I have been wearing orthodix for over ten years now, and when the time came to have them refurbished I was without them for about two weeks. While I didn't have them, my back hurt, my feet hurt, and I wasn't comfortable walking(which I am on my feet alot for work). As soon as I got them back my feet felt so much better and I realized how much I need orthodix in my daily life. The Sumner Puyallup foot and ankle clinic did a great speedy and thourough job of getting my orthodix back to me as soon as possible."
Brett C, Yelp User
"Great service, awesome attitude from staff. Dr wonderful and knows his stuff!"
Jan Novotney, Google User

our dedicated experts


All our professionals maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in podiatric medicine. 

Dr. Charles Chu
Dr. Ronald Sorensen
Dr. Ryan Bierman
Dr. Vinai Prakash
Dr. Lance Nethercott

What We Do


What are Bunions? A bunion—also called Hallux Valgus—is a bump that appears inside the foot, around the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint (near the big toe). This bump is actually a bone

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Corns and Calluses

What are Corns and Calluses? When there is too much friction or pressure on your feet for extended periods of time, the skin will harden to protect itself—this is when

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Custom Orthotics

What Are Orthotics? Custom-made orthotics are medical shoe inserts that support and gently reposition the heel, arch, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones in the feet. Orthotics enable the structures in

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Diabetic Foot Care

People with diabetes are much more likely to suffer nerve damage, circulation problems, and infections—all problems that directly affect the feet. The lack of feeling and poor blood flow caused

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People with normal, fully- developed foot arches have a notable upward curve in the middle of the foot. When arches develop fully, the tendons and ligaments in the foot and

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Haglund’s Deformity

What is Haglund’s Deformity? Also known as the “pump bump”, Haglund’s deformity is a condition that causes the bony section of your heel—where the Achilles tendon is—to become enlarged or

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Hammer Toe Treatment

What is Hammer Toe? Hammer toe is a deformity in the foot that causes toes to bend or curl in a downward fashion rather than point forward. This deformity is

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Heel Spurs

What is a Heel Spur? A heel spur is calcium deposit located underneath the heel that causes small pieces of bone to protrude. Pain associated with heel spurs is often

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