Excellence in medical and surgical care of the lower extremities since 1974 The award-winning podiatric team at Cortez Foot and Ankle Specialists offer a complete range of services for treating ailments of the foot and ankle. From properly diagnosing the cause of foot pain to providing ongoing foot care to diabetics, our physicians have the experience and the technical resources to help patients return to pai -free mobility and better podiatric health. State-Of-The-Art Treatment For those who may need surgery, Cortez Foot Surgery Center is located at our Bradenton location. The completely equipped operating room suites were designed specifically for foot and ankle surgery. The surgery center provides the most modern diagnostic and therapeutic equipment available. Physical Therapy is an integral component of the rehabilitation process. Cortez Foot and Ankle Specialists offers Physical Therapy with certified therapists who are dedicated to providing personalized care through a combination of services that include individualized exercise programs, moist heat/ice, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, manual therapy techniques, massage, and joint mobilization. They will work with you one-on-one to alleviate your pain and improve your strength, coordination, endurance, range of motion and function. Physical Therapy may have an important role in the total recovery of your condition. If you experience foot pain or discomfort, talk to the experts at Cortez Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our commitment is to get our patients back on their feet... back to work... back in the game... back to life. The gray skies, rain, snow and cold was the catalyst that started the journey from Long Island, NY to Bradenton, FL. Dr. Saul Ladd and Dr. Alan Katz had been partners since 1960, meeting at Civic Hospital in Detroit, MI, where Dr. Katz was a resident podiatric physician. They built the original office with 6 treatment rooms, operating room and lab at the corner of 18th Street and Cortez Road, just where it is today. Within 3 years 6 more treatment rooms were added and the laboratory was enlarged. In 1989 Cortez Foot and Ankle Specialists had the first podiatric surgical center in the state of Florida. A second story was added to accommodate the surgical suite. Today we have 7 doctors, all board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. Two O.R. nurses along with fifteen podiatric and x-ray technicians that care for our surgical patients. Many members of this talented group have worked at Cortez Foot and Ankle Specialists for over fifteen years. Today there are 3 locations in Manatee and Sarasota counties serving the community.