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 of South Mississippi Improving Your Quality of Life, Feet First
story courtesy of Foot Specialists of
South Mississippi photo by Nadiya Copeland
Foot health is of paramount importance, particularly as we enter our Golden Years. Our feet serve as the foundation for our mobility and overall well-being, and they become even more crucial as we age. Healthy feet enable us to stay active, maintain independence, and enjoy a good quality of life.
Neglecting foot health can lead to a host of problems, such as pain, decreased mobility, and an increased risk of falls. Issues such as arthritis, diabetes, and circulatory problems can also affect the feet as we age, underscoring the need for regular foot care and attention.
Whether it’s through proper footwear, regular check-ups with a podiatrist, or simple exercises to maintain strength and flexibility, prioritizing foot health is a vital component of aging gracefully and comfortably. The doctors at Foot Specialists of South Mississippi are ready to help you improve your quality of life!
Drs. Charles Caplis and Pam Eernisse both have extensive knowledge and experience in treating all types of wounds concerning the foot and ankle. They have worked as a team over the past several years beginning in Chicago and currently, they are in production of a new endeavor, Belle Vera™️ Shoes; to launch in 2024. Foot Specialists of South Mississippi offers an array of foot and ankle services such
as in-house X-ray, blood flow testing, nerve testing, custom fitting orthotics, braces along with an extensive diabetic shoe program.
Drs. Caplis and Eernisse are a members of the Mississippi Podiatric Medical Association (MSPMA) serving as board vice-president and secretary respectively. The association provides professional support to increase public knowledge concerning Podiatric physicians, their education, and residency training. The MSPMA also advocates for modernizing Mississippi health policies as it relates to the medical practice of podiatrists in Mississippi.
Charles Caplis, DPM, D.ABPM, FACPM
Dr. Caplis earned his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine degree from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago. He completed a highly
intense three year foot and ankle surgical residency in Chicago
where he served as Chief Podiatric Surgery Resident. He has treated participants at athletic events such as the Chicago Marathon, performed foot and ankle surgery on former NFL players and traveled to San Salvador, El Salvador on a medical mission offering free conservative and surgical treatment. During his 15 year career he has practiced in Chicago, the Greater New Orleans area, and now owns and leads Foot Specialists of South Mississippi. Dr. Caplis is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and Fellow of the American College of Podiatric Medicine.
Pam Eernisse, DPM, D.ABFAS
Dr. Pam Eernisse recently joined Foot Specialists of South Mississippi, she attended Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine where she graduated Cum Laude and completed a foot and ankle surgical residency at Norwegian Hospital. She opened her first practice 21 years ago, Forestmed Podiatry, that she still owns and later Michigan Avenue Podiatry, which she opened 12 years ago and recently sold last year. In 2010, Dr. Eernisse co-founded a homeless foot clinic at St. Paul’s Church in Chicago that still exits today.
Dr. Eernisse is board certified in foot surgery; a Diplomat of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. She is excited to bring her expertise to the Mississippi Coast.
 Dr. Charles Dr. Pam Caplis Eernisse
 Some of the Most Common Foot Conditions Treated:
 • Achilles Tendinitis
• Bunion/Hammer Toe
• Diabetic Foot/Neuropathy • Foot Fractures
• Pediatric Foot Care
• Fungal Nails
• Ganglion Cyst
• Ingrown Toenails
• Plantar Fasciitis/Heel spurs • Arthritis/Gout
• Wound Care • Warts
• Nerve Pain
• Foot Surgery
999 N. Halstead Rd., Ocean Springs, MS 228.818.2801
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