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Dr. Ellen Wenzel

Podiatry
Vancouver, WA
15 years experience female

Locations

Ankle and Foot Physicians and Surgeons

Vancouver, WA

Address

601 SE 117th Ave, Ste 240, Vancouver, WA, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00am
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Fax

(888) 568-4875

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

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Regence

Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon

Providence Health Plans

UnitedHealthcare

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About

Bio

Dr. Wenzel grew up in Arizona and attended Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. This was followed by a three year surgical residency in foot/ankle surgery at Forum Health/WRCS in Youngstown, OH. She made the Pacific Northwest homes as she has extended family throughout region.

Specialties
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Podiatry

Doctor Q&A

579 Answers
437 Agrees
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Depends: This is difficult to answer without knowing injury and/or surgical history. It may be post traumatic or post surgical.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Depends: There are too many sources of ankle to pain list here. The treatment and the ability to control it would depend on an accurate diagnosis and workup. S... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
RICE: Rest, ice and elevate, use a compression wrap if swollen. If no change in symptoms, have it looked at. If there was any loss of consciousness at all-s... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
No: Athletes foot is a fungal infection of the skin of the feet and requires an anti fungal to cure it.
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Talk to you doctor : If you haven't been released to weight bearing without the boot-hold off. However, talk to your physician and key them know your concerns and ask what... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Yes: You should be icing, elevating and resting the injured limb. The compression of the ace bandage will reduce the swelling but the other tasks are just ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Lumps & Bumps: There are lots of lumps and bumps we can get in the feet. Location and characteristics such as color, size, softness/hardness, pain, etc help make a m... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Many : Until the ligament injured actually ruptures.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Protection : Protection is key in prevention of recurrent injuries. You also need to find out why these continue to recur.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Talk to your surgeon: It is probably important to know what happened intra-operatively (during your surgery) and whether you have followed up per your schedule. Regardless,... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
No: While plantar fasciitis can be very painful, the emergency room is not the appropriate place to be seen for this and uses the resources that should be... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Possibilities : There are a few common things this could be and a check by a doctor is in order. It could be an acute form of athletes foot or an eczematous process a... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Go to ER: Following any crushing injury patients are at higher risk for compartment syndrome due to swelling. If your dressing is suddenly feeling tight and you... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Specialists: You can actually see either a surgically trained podiatrist or a foot and ankle trained orthopedist, select one who has had a fellowship and practices... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
There are a few: The most common injection for joints is a corticosteroid type injection (the contents of which are physician preference). There are other joint inject... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
More Information: More information is required in order to address this. See a foot and ankle specialist (podiatrist) and describe the nature of the pain, when it start... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Postop Ankle Edema: I tell patients that it is not unusual to expect some swelling from an ankle fracture with open reduction and internal fixation for about 6 months. Th... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
More Information: More information is required in order to address this. See a foot and ankle specialist (podiatrist) and describe the nature of the pain, when it start... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Width & Comfort: These are the two things bunion suffers have to look for when seeking shoes. Accommodation of the deformity with shoes that are wide enough will be co... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Jewelry and surgery : This isn't a rule for only foot surgery - it really applies to all surgery in which electro cautery may be used. The reason is the risk of burns that ... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
See a doctor: If you think you've possibly got a broken foot or an injury that is significant, have a foot and ankle specialist examine you and order radiographs as... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Fusion: It is typical to perform serial radiographs following fusion to monitor for signs of healing, poor healing and maintenance of fixation.
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
See a physician: It may be the sequela of a bad sprains or it could be osteoarthritis. It could be tendinitis or fracture. There are many causes of ankle pain and unle... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Numbness: Can be causes by a number of things, local compression, distant compression, systemic neuropathies and more. Might be worth a look by a foot/ankle spe... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
See a Physician: If 5 months of self guided conservative treatment have failed to produce improvement in symptoms it is time to seek the assistance of a Podiatric Surg... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Depends: It wound depend on the nail and whether the nail was the source of the pain. Talk to your surgeon.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Custom Orthotics: The only way to obtain a custom orthotic is through a podiatrist or other foot and ankle specialist as these are prescriptive devices. Just as you can... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Black toe : With no injury history it is advisable to have this evaluated by a physician.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Ignore: Tobacco use, especially cigarettes, is the leading cause of peripheral vascular disease.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
See a physician: While it may be a bad sprain it could even be a fracture or dislocation. See a specialist of the ankle and foot for x-rays and thorough examination.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
See a Doctor: Any skin lesions should be evaluated for their clinical appearance and history for consideration of biopsy. Not all lesions needs biopsied but it is b... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Generally not needed: I will sometimes inject steroid medication into the site of surgery if I feel that this is necessary based on intraoperative findings of significant i... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
More information: You didn't mention where, if this continues to occur in same place, if there are wounds or other associated symptoms locally or systemically.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Depends: There are too many sources of ankle to pain list here. The treatment and the ability to control it would depend on an accurate diagnosis and workup. S... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Talk to your Surgeon: Depending on when your surgery was and the type of procedure done it may or may not be indicated. Talk to your surgeon for a clearer picture.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Many: There are so very many causes of neuropathy that space here would simply not allow. However, the most common causes besides diabetes would include alc... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Small heel: A shoe with a small heel usually helps best.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Several Sources: Podiatrists, orthopedists, orthotists, physical therapists.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Depends: In general, there will be a history of inury, and acute onset of pain and swelling. If you aren't sure, see a specialist to have x-rays taken to conf... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Complications: It is usually the complications of diabetes: neuropathy, kidney dysfunction, peripheral vascular disease.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
More Information: This is not a question that has enough information to answer. There are so many potential causes for ankle pain that there is no way to answer this fo... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Xrays: Not without x-rays. They are a simple diagnostic study.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Yes to skin: Ketoconazole in cream form is appropriate for topical use on the skin for all fungal infections of the skin. It should not be ingested orally nor used... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Likely: Depending on the location and whether a joint is affected can alter treatment plans. In a non-displaced, non-articular (not involving a joint) we ofte... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
No: Actually, being on your feet causes your feet to swell due in main part to gravity. This will cause your shoes to feel tighter.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Good evaluation: Go to a physician that will give you a complete biomechanical evaluation.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Specialist : If you are able make an appointment directly with a specialist for the ankle. Either a podiatrist with rear foot training or a foot/ ankle orthopedist... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
More Information: You don't mention where this is at; bone spurs can occur anywhere. It is difficult to answer this question without more information.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
See a physician: Any redness, wounds or other areas that do not appear normal in the diabetic foot should be evaluated by you physician.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
See a doctor : Diabetics with any new onset of pain, numbness or wounds should be seen by a specialist of the feet as soon as possible.

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Jul 3, 2012
Dedicated and knowledgeable; Dr. Wenzel is a leader in the field of foot and ankle surgery.
Excellent and well thought-out advice and recommendations.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Wenzel is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I have had a dislocated big toe for two years without knowing and I'm 11 I have lost the nail of the big toe twice so you really helped thx
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It occurs in the same place.no other wound near it.culture test was mpal.antibiotics didn't work.I have it for 17yrs now.plz help

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Graduated 2007MD

Residency

FORUM HEALTH/WRCS

Awards

Chief Resident 2009-2010
Chief of Podiatry - PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center
Top Podiatrist, First Place, Washington - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Ankle and Foot Physicians and Surgeons, PLLC
Southwest Washington Medical Center
Legacy Health Salmon Creek
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