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(205) 933-9595

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(256) 249-2212

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(205) 933-9595

Sylacauga

(256) 249-2212

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About Our Practice

Welcome to Podiatry Associates, the podiatry practice of Dr. Robert I. Russell & Dr. James H. Bowman. We take great pride in providing our patients with customized care for their concerns. Podiatry Associates has been serving Birmingham and Sylacauga, Alabama, and its surrounding communities since 1965. We have been at our current Southside Birmingham location since 1986.

Our physicians and knowledgeable staff work together to provide a friendly environment that promotes excellent patient care, which is our number one priority. Our office and hospital procedures are designed for your comfort coupled with total optimal care.


COVID-19 Information - We Are Here To Help!

In order to provide you with the most secure environment possible, we at Podiatry Associates have revised our schedule to comply with all Federal, State and Local laws to protect against Covid – 19.

If you have severe foot problems that require immediate action, contact a member of our triage staff at 205-933-9595 in Birmingham or in Sylacauga 256-249-2212. You will be screened to determine if an in office visit or a telemedicine visit is more appropriate in your case.

The following steps have been taken:

Please call when you enter our parking lot. 205-933-9595 Birmingham, 256-249-2212 Sylacauga. Remain in your vehicle until your appointment time. Someone will let you in and you will be taken back to a treatment room to avoid overcrowding of our waiting room. If someone has brought you to your appointment have them stay i the car unless you are physically unable to make it by yourself.

We clean and sanitize all commonly used areas.

Our staff will wear mask and gloves for your and their protection. If you have a mask and gloves please feel free to wear to your visit.

If you are unable to make your scheduled appointment please call ASAP and we will reschedule your appointment.

A telemedicine visit can be scheduled with either Dr. Russell or Dr. Bowman. The visit will be conducted via, face time, text, email or over the phone whichever means is most appropriate.

Finally, we remain here to assist you with you severe and necessary FOOT CARE ISSUES during this Corona Crisis.

Dr. Robert Russell, Dr. James Bowman and Staff of Podiatry Associates.


Conditions We Treat

Our podiatrists specialize in diagnosing and treating disorders and conditions of the foot. Podiatrists need to have the skills and expertise in orthopedics, radiology, sports medicine, dermatology, and surgery. Some of the conditions a Podiatrist may diagnose and treat include:

Podiatrists may prescribe orthotic devices and medication and may perform inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures to treat foot conditions.

Meet Our Doctors

Learn Who We Are

  • Robert I. Russell, D.P.M.

    Dr. Robert I. Russell is a graduate of the University of Alabama and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology in 1980. He then went on to pursue his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine and completed his studies in 1984.

  • James H. Bowman, D.P.M.

    Dr. James H. Bowman is a graduate of Louisiana State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology in 1985. He was the recipient of a full athletic Grant-in-Aid from 1980-1985. Dr. Bowman then went on to complete his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from the William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine and completed these studies in 1990.

Testimonials

What our patients say about us

    I work as a CNA stand on my feet everyday I went in for an ingrown toenail they were very helpful fast friendly and my doctor walk me through every single thing even let me film the process. I am so grateful!

    Morgan O.

    I went to Podiatry Associates this afternoon. It was my first trip there.they have a good amount of parking space considering how terrible a time it is parking downtown Birmingham.They get you in quickly. response time is better than the usual medical offices.Dr Russel was great. Good bedside manner. Keeps this light yet professional.I had an ingrown toe nail on both sides of my big toe. It was all simple and precise. Check out was simple.Paperwork wasn’t pages and pages long. It wasn’t redundant like most places.Looking forward to going again next week to have my other toe on the other foot!!!

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    Read More Mandy N.

    Dr. Russell is amazing. My feet were killing me and, after visiting several other docs without success, I was cured by Dr Russell.He is also incredibly kind and compassionate.Jonathan Jacobs.

    erj428

    Very easy to schedule. Super staff – all so kind!!! They made my procedure pain free and calmed my nerves!

    Gina S.

    Been going to these doctors for a while now for my foot. Just recently had surgery on September 3rd and I highly recommend going here if you have foot issues.

    Chrystal B.

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Hours of Operation

Closed for Lunch 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Monday:

7:30 AM-4:30 PM

Tuesday:

7:30 AM-4:30 PM

Wednesday:

7:30 AM-4:30 PM

Thursday:

7:30 AM-4:30 PM

Friday:

7:30 AM-4:30 PM

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed