Walla Walla podiatrist agrees to exclude certain treatments

WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — A Walla Walla podiatrist charged with unprofessional conduct in treating two patients who developed infections that later required amputations has agreed to curtail his medical practice.

The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin reports the Washington state Department of Health says Dr. Curtis W. Long has entered into an agreement to exclude treatment of chronic or long-term wound care and pay a $5,000 fine.

The state alleged that Long failed to meet the standard of care after he treated a 60-year-old man in 2014 for a foot wound. The man later went to an emergency room and had to have a below-the-knee amputation.

In the second case, a 54-year-old woman later had to have two toes amputated after Long treated and performed surgery on her for foot pain.