Before you sit in their office, sit in on an interview with us as we ask Cleveland Foot & Ankle Clinic physicians all the important questions!

Meet Nicholas Butler, DPM

Assistant Professor, Division of Foot & Ankle Surgery and Biomechanics, Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine

Nicholas Butler, DPM
Nicholas Butler, DPM

Degrees & Training: Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine

Q: What's your favorite procedure to perform?

  • A: Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy (EPF). I love using the scope plus it’s a fast procedure with a quick recovery for the patient with great results.

Q: Why did you choose podiatry?

  • A: I love working with my hands and getting people back on their feet. I was a college athlete that had turf toe at one point in my career which sparked my interest in the profession.

Q: Favorite aspects of the profession?

  • A: The versatility. I get to teach class one day, the next I could be in surgery, and the following day I could be working in the clinic. I also love the work life balance that you can have in the profession.

Q: Why do you love working at the Cleveland Foot & Ankle Clinic?

  • A: I get to work with the future leaders in our profession (3rd and 4th year students). They are so passionate about the profession, and they really show how much they care with each and every patient in the clinic.

Q: What shows are you hooked on right now?

  • A: I just finished the series finale of See on Apple TV+, and I’m also watching House of the Dragon on HBO Max.

Q: Tell us about your free time!

  • A: In my free time I love spending time with my wife and 2-year-old daughter (she keeps my wife and myself busy by herself). I’m also a huge sports fan especially being a former college athlete, I love watching and going to any sporting event from hockey, football, baseball, basketball or golf. I’m a big Detroit Lions for football while my wife is a Browns fan.

Q: What’s one thing you can’t resist?

  • A: A big old ribeye steak. If it’s on the menu, I’m ordering it.

Q: What’s something you couldn’t live without?

  • A: My cellphone. It has everything we need nowadays.

Q: What was your very first job?

  • A: Little league umpire – yes, it’s always a strike in my book.

Q: If you weren’t a podiatrist, what would you be?

  • A: A chef – I love to eat and cook.

Q: What’s your favorite place to be?

  • A: Hawaii – a beautiful place to be plus amazing people.

Q: You can bring three guests to a dinner party – living or dead. Who’s coming?

  • A: Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama, Albert Einstein.

Q: We finish this interview and you step outside to find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What’s your next move?

  • A: First, I would make sure no one lost the ticket since I’m a huge Karma person (what goes around comes around). If no one claims it, I would pay off some student loan debt and help pay off as much loan debt for my family and friends and give the rest to charity.

Q: If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?

  • A: Ability to teleport. No one likes to wait in traffic.

Q: Favorite book?

  • A: Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

Q: Who is your role model and why?

  • A: My father – he was the hardest working and smartest human being I have ever known. I hope I make him proud.

Q: If you could live anywhere, where would you choose?

  • A: Wherever my wife wants.

Q: How do you relax?

  • A: Hanging out with family

Q: What motivates you to work hard?

  • A: My family. I want them to be proud of me. Also, I have the drive to be the best version of myself that stems from me being a competitive athlete. I hate to lose!

Q: How do you take your coffee?

  • A: No coffee - unless it’s a very tough day, I drink water.

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