Russell S. Sticha, D.P.M.

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  • 111 17th Avenue East
    Suite 101
    Alexandria, MN 56308
    United States

  • 2800 1st Street South
    Suite 220
    Willmar, MN 56201
    United States

  • 415 Jefferson Street North
    Wadena, MN 56482
    United States



Foot & Ankle Specialist, Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Surgery, Foot & Ankle Trauma, Total Ankle Replacement, Revision Total Ankle Replacement Surgery

“The best part of my job is when I’m able to see a patient return to me pain-free.”

As a board-certified podiatric surgeon, Dr. Russell Sticha offers advanced, specialized foot and ankle care. His practice is primarily focused on reconstructive surgery as well as surgical and nonsurgical treatment for all problems related to the foot and ankle. He is committed to providing state-of-the-art surgical and nonsurgical care to ensure each patient receives individualized treatment and compassionate service.

Dr. Sticha earned his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Minnesota in Duluth in 1991. He continued his studies at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa, obtaining his podiatric medical degree in 1995. He went on to pursue advanced training in podiatric surgery, completing his residency at St. John Hospital-Macomb Center in Harrison Township, Michigan. Dr. Sticha then received further training in trauma surgery at the University Hospital Vienna in Vienna, Austria.

Dr. Sticha’s expertise keeps him at the peak of advanced foot and ankle care. Specializing in the latest treatment options, he provides total talus replacement and total ankle replacement to patients. These procedures significantly improve patient outcomes by providing pain relief, reduced stiffness, and improved ankle function. Dr. Sticha’s skilled approach allows patients to look forward to a renewed quality of life and mobility.

As a member of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Dr. Sticha continues to provide leading-edge orthopedic care to his patients. Striving to enhance medical and surgical education in his profession, he is directly involved with several national organizations. His affiliation with these organizations has allowed Dr. Sticha to help in the credentialing process for student and resident physicians as well as practicing podiatric surgeons.

In addition to his extensive medical commitments and his continuing medical education, Dr. Sticha also enjoys hunting, fishing, and playing golf as well as spending time with his wife Maureen and family.

Dr. Sticha is available to see patients at Heartland Orthopedic Specialists in Alexandria, Willmar, and Wadena.

Education & Training

  • Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN
  • Medical Degree: University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, Des Moines, IA
  • Podiatric Surgical Residency: Department of Surgery, Section of Podiatric Surgery, St. John Macomb Hospital, Harrison Township, MI
  • Trauma Surgery Fellowship: University Hospital Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  • Board Certification: American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • Board Certification: American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery

Specialties & Special Interests

  • Achilles Tendon Repair
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Austin/Akin Bunionectomy
  • Calcaneal Osteotomy
  • Correction of Hammer Toe
  • Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy (EPF) Release
  • Flexor Digitorum Longus (FDL) Tendon Transfer
  • First Metatarsophalangeal Joint Arthrodesis
  • Foot and Ankle Trauma
  • Gastroc Recession
  • Lapidus/Akin Bunionectomy
  • Midfoot Arthrodesis
  • Modified Kidner Procedure
  • Ostectomy Midfoot
  • Performs All Aspects of Foot, Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery
  • Performs Total Ankle Replacements
  • Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Revision Total Ankle Replacement Surgery
  • Subtalar Joint Arthrodesis
  • Total Ankle Arthroplasty
  • Total Ankle Replacement
  • Total Talus Replacement
  • Treatment and Care of Foot and Ankle Injuries
  • Triple Arthrodesis (Hindfoot Fusion)

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
  • Diplomate, American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • Past Member, American Podiatric Medical Association
  • Past Member, Michigan Podiatric Medical Association
  • Journal Review Committee, The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • Journal Review Committee, American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons
  • Oral Examiner, American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • Member Credentials Committee, American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • Member Board of Directors, National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners
  • Member Computer Based Examination Committee (Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery), American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • Member Board of Directors, American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery

Honors & Awards

  • Who's Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities, University of Osteopathic Medicine & Health Sciences, 1993 – 1994
  • The National Dean's List, University of Osteopathic Medicine & Health Sciences, 1993 – 1994
  • Pi Delta National Podiatric Honor Society, 1995
  • Podiatric Practitioner of the Year, St. John North Shores Hospital, 2000
  • Named to Detroit Hour Magazine’s “Top Docs” list, 2005
  • Chief of Staff, Alomere Health, 2012
  • Podiatric research published in numerous medical journals and presented to peers