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Wilburn Thomas, DPM

Wilburn Thomas, DPM

Having received his Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from the University of Missouri--Kansas City, Dr. Wilburn Thomas graduated from the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, Illinois with a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree. With a desire to train at the University of Texas Health Science Center under the mentorship of world-renowned diabetic foot and limb preservation specialist, Dr. Lawrence Harkless, Dr. Thomas received what many considered at that time to be the best residency in the United States for diabetic foot and limb preservation. He would later train and obtain additional elective foot reconstructive surgery experience as the only surgical resident at the Southwestern General Hospital in El Paso, Texas. Desiring to be closer to his home state of Louisiana and family, Dr. Thomas and his wife relocated to the San Antonio area to establish his practice. Seeing an opportunity to establish his practice on the Southeast side of San Antonio, at that time considered to be an underserved area of need by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Dr. Thomas began his practice in October of 1997. Being the only diabetic foot and limb preservation trained podiatrist on the Southeast side of San Antonio afforded Dr. Thomas various opportunities, including being one of the first podiatrists on staff at the Southwest General Hospital Wound Care Center in San Antonio in 1998. Since that time, Dr. Thomas has gone on to achieve other "firsts" in the San Antonio area, including:

  • The first surgeon trained to perform the HyProCure implant for correction of hyperpronation (flat feet) in San Antonio.
  • One of the first surgeons to perform hammertoe implant surgery in San Antonio.
  • Recently having been the first podiatrist on staff at the Mission Trail Baptist Hospital Wound Care Center in San Antonio.
  • One of the first foot surgeons in San Antonio to successfully implement EpiFix, the most effective and current treatment for plantar fasciitis, a.k.a., heel pain, heel spur, and heel spur syndrome. EpiFix has also demonstrated to be very effective for tendonitis, including Achilles tendonitis, neuromas, capsulitis, and other soft tissue injuries.

Even though Dr. Thomas is Board Certified in Foot Surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (recently having obtained his re-certification, which is required every 10 years), Dr. Thomas's medical practice philosophy is to treat patients as conservative as possible, and use surgery only when necessary, sometimes in order to perform limb preservation in order to prevent further spread of infection and/or preserve life in badly infected feet. Having treated thousands of patients over the years, some from as far away as California and New York, Dr. Thomas considers his talents as a gift from God in service to humanity. "From the first day in gross anatomy lab in medical school, I have considered it to be an honor to use one's knowledge, skills, talents, etc., and use that in order to help heal another human being. As physicians and surgeons, we don't provide the healing--God does that--but God uses us as His instruments in helping to provide healing to another human being. To be used by God in such a way--that is truly an honor and a blessing."

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