On July 5, the Smoky Mountain Foot and Ankle Clinic, P.A. celebrated its 20th anniversary of serving the foot and ankle healthcare needs of Western North Carolina. Dr. William Banks, a Haywood County native, founded the practice in 1991. While attending pharmacy school at UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Banks began to explore the needs of different healthcare specialties.
“There was a great need for a podiatrist west of Asheville,” says Dr. Banks. After completing his residency, he came back to Western North Carolina to open the first foot and ankle clinic west of Asheville. It was apparent that his services were needed. At the time, there was no one dedicated to foot and ankle care, no wound care centers and no focus on the diabetic foot. None of the hospitals west of Asheville had a podiatrist on staff.