Mark Reed, MD
- Foot Surgery
- Ankle Surgery
- Sports Injuries
Mark Reed, MD
Dr. Mark Reed is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon providing specialty care of all foot and ankle disorders. He treats both adolescents and adults with a special focus on sports-related injuries, including ankle instability, cartilage lesions, and Achilles tendon injuries. He also performs joint replacements and reconstructive surgery for degenerative conditions such as arthritis and tendon dysfunction. In addition, he provides state-of-the-art treatment in the areas of fracture care and sports medicine.
Dr. Reed worked for seven years as a mechanical engineer for a contractor to the Department of Defense before changing careers and enrolling in medical school. As an engineer he designed missile guidance systems and was part of the team that developed the jet engine for the F-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter.
He earned his medical degree at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. His background in engineering fostered an interest in orthopedics, driving him to an orthopedic surgical residency at the University of Massachusetts. As a chief resident, he was selected as the recipient of the esteemed John J. Monahan award, given to the physician who best embodies patient-centered care.
After his general orthopedics training, Dr. Reed was accepted at the Union Memorial Hospital Foot and Ankle Fellowship in Baltimore, Maryland, considered to be one of the most prestigious foot and ankle fellowship programs in the country. He trained under three of the leaders in the foot and ankle community, including the recent president of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, and participated in cutting-edge biomechanical and clinical research during his time in Baltimore.
He has undergone advanced training in ankle joint replacement, including the Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement (STAR) prosthesis, as well as in reconstructive procedures, including bunion, hammertoe, and flatfoot deformity correction.
Dr. Reed is excited to join the Seattle medical community and to experience all the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and his three sons. He also enjoys golf, tennis, working out, and spending time outdoors.
Dr. Reed provides both operative and non-operative treatment of the following orthopedic conditions:
- Platelet Rich Plasma-PRP for the foot and ankle
- Deformities of the forefoot, including bunions, hammertoes, and claw toes
- Adolescent and adult flat foot deformity (collapse of the arch)
- Cavus foot deformity (high arch)
- Arthritis of the foot and ankle
- Tendon disorders of the foot and ankle, including ruptures, partial tears, and tendinitis
- Trauma (fractures and dislocations) of the foot and ankle
- Ankle instability
- Osteochondral lesions (cartilage defects) of the foot and ankle
- Sports injuries of the foot and ankle (sprains, turf toe, tendon ruptures, fractures)
- Deformities of the foot and ankle due to diabetes and neuromuscular conditions
- Nerve disorders of the foot and ankle, including neuromas and tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Exertional compartment syndrome of the lower extremity
- Fractures of the upper and lower extremities in adults and children
He offers the following orthopedic services:
- Ankle replacement
- Ankle arthroscopy
- Deformity correction and reconstruction of the foot and ankle
- Fusion of arthritic joints of the foot and ankle
- Big Toe Joint Replacement – Cartiva (procedure video below)
Cartiva Patient Testimonials
As my right great toe was deteriorating, I was experiencing more and more pain. I was only able to wear shoes that accommodated my full length, semi-rigid custom orthotics with a “Morton’s Extension” to prevent my toe from bending back too far and causing more pain. To continue to work out, I had to tightly tape my toe every time for several years until having the Cartiva surgical implant.
The surgery went smoothly and the recovery time was less than I expected. With attention to recovering strength and flexibility, I was able to bring my toe/foot back to the same level of comfort I hadn’t’ felt in many years. This past summer (6 months after surgery), I’ve been barefoot and wore light sandals for the first time in many summers. Now at the age of 58 (245 pounds), I’m back to playing competitive volleyball and barefoot dancing!
I consider the surgical implant a complete success!
After many years of toe joint pain due to arthritis, steroid injections, and increased difficulty walking and enjoying sports, I decided to seriously address the issue. Most doctors recommend a fusion of the joint, but that possibility was not appealing, particularly because I enjoy practicing yoga and it would undoubtedly affect the flexibility of the joint.
I feel fortunate that my primary doctor referred me to Dr. Reed. His approach was thoughtful and cautious. Eventually, we agreed on a Cartiva implant to maintain movement and alleviate pain. Despite some stiffness after years of limited movement, I have increased mobility and flexibility in my foot. More importantly, the chronic annoying pain is now gone.
I’m grateful to Dr. Reed and his team for recognizing that each patient’s story and situation is unique. It’s wonderful that the implant was available; for years fusion was the only option. Than you Dr. Reed
After an injury to both of my big toes while I was in my thirties, arthritis of both joints developed, gradually becoming worse—until, at age 56, while on an annual 100-mile bike ride with my sons, I concluded that this ride might have to be our last one unless I finally had my joints fused to stop the debilitating pain. I waited till May of this year to see if my toes improved or worsened. They worsened even with reduced activity.
I went to see Dr. Reed to inquire if fusing was my only remaining option (I had been using carbon plate orthotics in my shoes for years already). He was pleased to tell me about the Cartiva procedure that he’d been performing successfully for some months. Having recently been to an orthopedic conference (with my wife who is an orthopedic nurse) I was aware of the rapid technological developments in other joints and pleased to learn the big toe joint hadn’t been left out!
When I explained my desire to go on the annual bike ride again this year, July 18th, he informed me I was in his office barely in time to recover for the ride if we could schedule the surgery no later than May 25th. Dr. Reed kindly maneuvered his schedule to get me in for surgery on two separate days (insurance company rules inefficiently dictate having the operations on separate days)—May 21st and May 23rd. He informed me that I would be able to bear weight, carefully, immediately with the help of special shoes post op; that it would be about 8-10 days after that that I could begin wearing some normal shoes, and eight weeks before I could expect to feel comfortable doing gentle to moderately strenuous things with my toe joints. He also expected that bike riding with toe clips would be strenuous for my legs and core, but only moderately so for my toes and would be an acceptable activity provided I found it comfortable.
Every one of his estimates was right on. Exactly 8 weeks after my operation I was able to resume a brief week of riding activity to train for the longer two-day 100-mile ride. The ride went so well that I decided to follow up with a one day 60-mile ride back from our destination (I finally had to have my wife pick me up for the last leg home as I finally did begin to get sore feet and toes). One day later, my toes actually feel better than they did the week before.
My flexibility has steadily increased, and it appears I am on track for really strenuous toe activity after 6 months as Dr. Reed has projected. All of his explanations of the procedure, post op instructions and predictions of my progress were spot on and gave me the confidence to plan for my bike ride. I cannot recommend this procedure and Dr. Reed’s care highly enough.
– M. E. (July 25, 2018)