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Motio Foot & Ankle Specialists

by Jill Cousins

Featured Photo from Motio Foot & Ankle Specialists

When it came time to name his practice, fellowship-trained surgeon Timothy A. Graeser, DPM, chose Motio Foot & Ankle Specialists for a reason.

Motio is Latin for to move, and Dr. Graeser’s primary goal is to help his patients gain and maintain the ability to move without discomfort due to foot and ankle problems. He also wanted his patients to feel like part of a community at his new practice in Winter Springs, so he knocked down almost all the walls in what used to be a law office in the Red Willow Plaza and built a beautiful, welcoming atmosphere.

“Our goal is to help people stay active in any way possible,” says Dr. Graeser, who opened Motio Foot & Ankle Specialists in July 2019. “And we wanted to create an atmosphere where people would look forward to coming here, even though the reason they’re here is because something is wrong.”

The open-air, elegantly decorated layout at Motio Foot & Ankle Specialists is designed to put patients at ease. And once patients pass through the doors, they can be assured that Dr. Graeser will be able to help them with all their foot and ankle problems, from the simplest to the most complicated.

“The exciting thing about having a blank slate is we had a chance to do whatever we wanted, both with the construction and how we run the practice,” Dr. Graeser says. “You decide on something, and you execute it, and you just really hope everyone loves it as much as you do. So far, I think we have succeeded. The response has been great, and that’s really encouraging to us.”

The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, but the most important aspect of Dr. Graeser’s practice is his ability to treat the widest range of foot and ankle ailments, from ingrown toenails to total ankle joint replacement. 

“Nothing is too big or too small,” says Dr. Graeser, who, after completing the required three-year foot and ankle surgery residency, also completed a 12-month fellowship in the surgical reconstruction of complex pediatric and adult foot and ankle deformity. “I’m really proud of the complicated things I can fix, but some of the most satisfying things are the simplest things, because they affect your life.”

The office also features on-site physical therapy, and Dr. Graeser offers expert advice to individuals and groups on safe training and preventative care.

“We’re just as focused on trying to help people avoid injuries,” Dr. Graeser says. “I’m a surgeon, but if I can keep you out of the operating room, I will.”

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