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Foot & Ankle
Eighty percent of Americans will suffer from some form of foot or ankle pain during their lives.

This pain can be caused by an injury, ill-fitting shoes, diseases such as arthritis and diabetes, poor circulation, genetic abnormalities, or simple wear and tear over time. No matter what the cause, the result is the same: discomfort and limited mobility.

The orthopedic surgeons and other specialists of Cooley Dickinson Hospital's Center for Human Motion are trained to correct foot and ankle problems and pain. A variety of assessment and treatment tools are used, including the latest technological advancements, to establish an accurate diagnosis quickly and develop a plan of care that fits the needs of each patient suffering from foot or ankle pain

The design of the bones, muscles, and joints of the foot and ankle is a miracle of complex interaction. Each foot contains 26 bones and a multitude of joints and muscles that work in sync to provide mobility and stability. The intricate design allows for the up-and-down motion used when walking or climbing stairs, as well as the side-to-side movements required for navigating uneven surfaces and switching directions. Given that the average person takes about 10,000 steps each day, foot and/or ankle pain can often be debilitating.

It is our practice to exhaust every appropriate treatment option before considering surgery. However, if a surgical procedure becomes the right choice, our team of orthopedic surgeons and medical specialists are well versed in:

- Sports-related injuries of the foot and ankle
- Complex fracture care
- Custom casting and splinting
- Reconstructive surgery related to trauma
- Manufacturing and fitting of custom braces and orthotics
- Reconstructive surgery related to arthritis or deformity