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Orthopedic Surgery and Trauma Service

Foot and Ankle

The specialists in the Foot and Ankle Trauma Service at Weill Cornell Orthopaedics at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center carefully evaluate foot and ankle injuries to determine which can be treated successfully without surgery and which must be treated surgically. We find that many patients can be treated effectively without needing an operation.

Our Physicians for Foot and Ankle

Conditions we treat include:

  • Heel and Achilles pain
  • Ankle sprains
  • Shin splints
  • Bunion pain
  • Metatarsal pain
  • Neuroma (thickening of nerve tissue on the ball of the foot)
  • Sesamoid bone injuries (located in the ball of the foot)
  • Stress fractures
  • Overuse injuries
  • Tendon problems
  • Musculoskeletal injuries involving the foot and ankle

Diagnosis

We provide access to state-of-the-art diagnostic testing that includes diagnostic ultrasound, computerized motion and gait analysis, bone densitometry, MRI, CAT scanning, X-rays, and bone scans.

In situations where the foot/ankle problem cannot be treated well with conservative, non-surgical care, or when surgery is necessary, referral is made to the appropriate foot/ankle surgeon.

Non-Surgical Treatment

The Non-Surgical Foot and Ankle Service is dedicated to evaluating the majority of foot and ankle problems that often can be treated successfully without surgery.

Foot Orthotics

The service is nationally renowned for its expertise in the design and fabrication of prescription shoe inserts called orthotics, which are used to treat many orthopedic foot and ankle problems. In addition, foot orthotics are prescribed to treat biomechanically related problems involving the knee, hip, and lower back. These conditions often respond well to the stability and improved mechanics that orthotics provide.

Sport-specific orthotics are designed to both improve athletic performance and reduce sports-related injuries. They may be prescribed for running, tennis, squash, golf, basketball, alpine and cross-country skiing, cycling, spinning, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, figure skating, in-line skating, and hiking.

Surgical Treatment

Our surgeons are experienced in treating all types of foot and ankle fractures. After ankle surgery, we check the outcome with a CT scan. As soon as the stitches are removed, we prescribe motion exercises to strengthen the ankle and gradually increase weight-bearing on the ankle whenever possible. Our goal is to stabilize the ankle while minimizing soft tissue damage and providing mobility to the patient. For the next year, we provide follow-up care through outpatient visits, using x-rays as needed to track the ankle's progress.

Contact

Orthopedic Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell
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(212) 746-4500
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