By Christine Montanti
Long Island-based foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Steven Jeffrey Stummer, DPM possesses a remarkable list of credentials and accomplishments and has dedicated his life to serving both his patients and the community. Graduating with honors from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, he quickly distinguished himself by becoming a member of the esteemed Pi Delta Honor Society and as the Chief Resident of Podiatric Surgery and Medicine at Brown University/Rogers Williams Medical Center, he honed his surgical skills and expanded his expertise in reconstructive podiatric surgery, limb salvage and sports medicine and has the certification of Fellow of The American Podiatric Wound Care Association
Dr. Stummer’s achievements aren’t just limited to the operating room; he played a crucial role in launching the Robotic Program at the State University of New York at Oneonta and has been a key figure in the treatment of diabetic wound care, holding a staff physician position at the NSUH at Plainview Wound Care Center. His expertise in hyperbaric oxygen therapy adds an extra dimension to his medical arsenal, demonstrating his determination to explore cutting-edge solutions for his patients.
The Long Island native has continued to expand his career through his commitment to sports medicine as the team physician for the Long Island Rough Riders Men’s and Women’s Soccer programs. Dr. Stummer’s expertise plays an essential role in ensuring the athletes’ optimal health and performance. His dedication expands beyond soccer fields to include roles as a club physician at BW Cosmos Academy and as a league physician for the Half Hollow Hills FURY football and basketball leagues. Through these positions, he combines his passion for medicine with his love for sports.
Dr. Stummer practices at three locations; Northport, Melville and Bellmore where he provides patients with personalized care deciding which treatments are necessary for painful foot conditions such as bunions, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis and growth plate issues. These foot ailments can significantly affect an individual’s quality of life, causing pain, discomfort, and limitations in daily activities.
To treat these issues Dr. Stummer customizes functional foot orthotics that offer a multitude of benefits in the prevention of foot conditions and the improvement of balance, sports performance, and stability.
Orthotics provide support, alignment, and cushioning to the feet by promoting proper foot positioning and reducing excessive pressure on vulnerable areas, including open growth plates in children. In addition, orthotics can help prevent the development or progression of painful bunions, hammertoes and plantar fasciitis, which are characterized by the misalignment of the joints resolving these issues by redistributing pressure away from the affected areas, supporting proper toe alignment and providing arch support reducing strain on the affected tissue. Orthotics can be used in sneakers, golf shoes, ski boots and high heeled shoes.
“Sports specific footwear and precision corrective orthotics can greatly improve athlete’s performance in all areas,” explains. Dr. Stummer. I receive many referrals from other medical professionals and the patients results reveal that their back, knee and ankle pain have greatly improved by a proper biomechanical exam and custom orthotics.”
Your feet are the foundation of your body, supporting your every step. Custom orthotics are designed to provide tailored support to your unique foot structure, ensuring that your weight is distributed evenly and reducing the risk of strain or discomfort. Balance and stability are crucial for maintaining an active lifestyle and preventing injury. Custom orthotics can help optimize your gait and posture, leading to improved athletic performance and reduced risk of injury!
Dr. Steven J. Stummer DPM, FAPWCA
Podiatric Surgery & Sports Medicine
Northport Location: 220 Fort Salonga Road, Northport, NY
Melville Location: 180 Walt Whitman Road #120, Melville, NY
Melville – Bellmore – Northport: 516.449.1842