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Foot & Ankle Services

World Renowned Expertise for Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Care

Sudden or chronic ankle and foot pain can sideline anyone from enjoying an active lifestyle, but also from basic daily living. The board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic specialists at University Hospitals are highly skilled in diagnosing and treating any foot or ankle injury. Regardless of the type and severity of the injury, our goal is your goal – to minimize your symptoms and allow you to return to your normal lifestyle and quality of life.

Expert Sports Medicine Team Treats Range of Foot and Ankle Injuries

Our sports medicine orthopedic specialists care for all athletes – for any skill level and across all ages. They know how much a sports injury affecting the foot or ankle can disrupt immediate sports performance, but also can cause long-term damage if not treated and healed properly.

Foot and ankle injuries can often occur in full-time athletes such as gymnasts, tennis players or multi-sport athletes who are continuously participating in athletic activities. With any athlete that is active year-round, injuries such as a stress fracture can be more challenging to treat because repetitive trauma doesn’t allow the body to heal. Even more mild injuries can weaken your foot and ankle structure which can lead to chronic pain or instability. Our goal at UH is to correct your immediate injury, but also diminish any post-injury discomfort or longer-term performance issues.

Foot and Ankle Treatment

Foot and ankle specialists at UH have extensive training specifically in foot and ankle care. This expertise allows our team to treat everything from the most basic sprain to the most complex reconstructive surgery, tendon transfers or complex fusions of the ankle joint.

Innovative treatment options include minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery for both foot and ankle issues. Through very small incisions, our team can better assess damage by viewing the area of concern through the arthroscope, a thin fiber-optic camera. At the same time as the assessment, we can treat cartilage defects or tendon repairs. This minimally invasive approach reduces pain and improves recovery time.

Foot and Ankle Conditions We Treat

With extensive expertise for any foot or ankle injury, our UH team of board-certified and fellowship-trained foot and ankle specialists care for any level of injury or condition, including:

  • Accessory navicular
  • Achilles tendinosis
  • Achilles tendon tear / strain
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Ankle fractures
  • Ankle impingement
  • Ankle injury
  • Ankle instability
  • Ankle sprain / strain
  • Arthritis
  • Articular cartilage injuries
  • Athletic conditions, including turf toe, dance, running injuries, tendinitis and stress fractures
  • Bunions (hallux valgus)
  • Cartilage injuries to the ankle, including osteochondral lesions
  • Cavus foot (high arch)
  • Chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS)
  • Chronic lateral ankle pain
  • Clubfoot
  • Flat foot not responsive to inserts
  • Foot and ankle deformity due to trauma, infection or diabetes
  • Foot pain
  • Fractures of the foot (talus, cuboid, navicular, cuneiforms, metatarsals)
  • Fractures of the heel (calcaneus)
  • Haglund's syndrome
  • Hallux rigidus (stiff big toe)
  • Hammertoe
  • Heel pain
  • Heel spur
  • Insertional Achilles tendonitis
  • Jones fracture
  • Ligament strains
  • Lisfranc (midfoot) fractures
  • Metatarsalgia (forefoot pain)
  • Morton’s neuroma (forefoot pain)
  • Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) lesions
  • Paratenonitis
  • Peroneal/posterior tibial/FHL tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Progressive flatfoot (posterior tibial tendon dysfunction)
  • Raynaud's phenomenon (RP)
  • Recurrent ankle instability
  • Sesamoiditis (forefoot pain)
  • Sever’s disease (calcaneal apophysitis)
  • Sprained ankle
  • Tarsal coalition
  • Tendon pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Turf toe

Rehabilitation Provides Long-Term Strength and Recovery

With every phase of foot and ankle care, our team at University Hospitals works together for optimal healing, improved strength and long-term recovery. Our rehabilitation team communicates with our orthopedic team, including our sports medicine specialists, to monitor progress and adjust therapy, as needed. We focus on your immediate recovery, but our longer-term goal is to keep you healthy and injury-free.