Foot, Ankle, and Podiatry

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Feet are complex anatomical structures and propulsion engines that are instrumental to overall health and well-being. 

OrthoNeuro in Columbus, Ohio, offers a full scope of foot, ankle, and podiatry services. They treat all foot problems, ankle problems, and lower leg conditions.

The team of foot and ankle specialists takes pride in their holistic approach, offering patients medical and surgical treatment options for conditions affecting the lower extremity. 

They know that comprehensive care is the best way to treat the entire range of foot and ankle pain, injuries, and disorders.

About the Foot and Ankle

Each of your feet has 26 bones, 30 joints, and more than 100 muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Your ankle consists of the ends of your tibia, fibula, and talus.

The talus sits on top of your calcaneus (heel bone). The subtalar joint and the true ankle joint facilitate your ability to bend and extend your foot.

Your feet and ankles absorb force with every step you take. With so many delicate, moving parts and near-constant force, it’s no wonder that your feet and ankles are vulnerable to so many potential injuries and degenerative conditions.

Common Foot and Ankle Problems

Foot and Ankle Arthritis

Early diagnosis of foot and ankle arthritis can ensure effective treatment and pain reduction. Please make an appointment with an OrthoNeuro foot and ankle specialist as soon as you experience discomfort.

Ankle Sprain

Ankle sprains are one of the most common orthopedic injuries. When you abnormally turn your ankle, it stretches the ligaments that connect your bones.

When your ligaments overstretch or tear, you sprain your ankle. This most often occurs during sports but can also result from something as simple as missing a stair or a fall.

Ankle Fracture

An ankle fracture, more commonly referred to as a broken ankle, is a fracture of one or more bones that make up the ankle joint. Ankle fractures often occur during falls or automobile accidents.

Your risk of breaking an ankle increases if you participate in high-impact sports, suddenly increase your activity levels, or have osteoporosis.

Foot Stress Fracture

foot stress fracture is a tiny crack in the bones of the foot that can be caused by things such as weakened bones or participation in sports.

Stress fractures in the foot can often be painful. However, early treatment will prevent the pain from becoming too severe and reduce the chances of the fracture becoming displaced.

Achilles Tendonitis

Your Achilles tendon is a strong band of tissue that connects your calf muscle to the back of the leg on the heel bone.

The Achilles tendon can be damaged or injured in both acute injuries and by repetitive strain. The severity of the injury can vary and range from inflammation to a tear in the ligament.

Peroneal Tendonitis

Peroneal tendonitis is a condition that affects the tendons in your foot and ankle. It can cause pain and swelling and impair function.

Peroneal tendon injuries can be felt on the outside of your foot and your lower leg when walking and running. It is also known as peroneal tendinopathy.

Posterior Tibial Tendonitis

Posterior tibial tendonitis (also known as posterior tendon dysfunction) is a common foot and ankle problem. 

Posterior tibial tendonitis occurs when the posterior tibial tendon, located in the foot, gets torn or inflamed. Posterior tibial tendonitis usually causes pain in the foot and ankle.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition caused by inflammation of the thick band of tissue at the bottom of the foot, known as the plantar fascia. Plantar fasciitis often results from overuse and is especially common in athletes due to repetitive strains on the tissue.

Over time, the fascia becomes inflamed due to repeated tearing and stretching. Other risk factors for plantar fasciitis include having a high arch in the foot, obesity, and tight calf muscles.


Bunions, also known as Hallux Valgus deformity, develop when your big toe leans toward the other toes, pushing the joint between your toe and the rest of the foot outward. The abnormal pressure on the joint eventually leads to bone spur development.

A bony bump forms on the joint, causing pain that becomes more severe when you walk or put weight on your foot. Bunions may be caused by repetitive actions, arthritis, and poorly fitting shoes.

Hammertoes and Claw Toes

Hammertoes and claw toes form when a tight ligament pulls a toe into a curled position that resembles a hammer or a claw. As the condition progresses, your toes can curl over their neighbors, interfering with the way your foot moves when you walk.

The difference between hammertoes and claw toes is the affected joints. Hammertoes form on the middle joint in your toe, while claw toes usually affect the first two joints, and in some cases, all three.


People with diabetes, peripheral artery disease, and neuropathy have an increased risk of wounds or ulcers forming on their feet or ankles. 

The combination of nerve damage and decreased blood flow can lead to small, minor injuries like blisters, turning into more severe wounds or ulcers.

When untreated, these wounds can become infected, leading to tissue death and potentially amputation.

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s neuroma is a benign growth that forms around the nerves in your foot. The ligaments between the metatarsal bones in your foot thicken, usually between your third and fourth toes, although they can form in other parts of your foot.

The thickened tissue presses on the nerves that pass through the ball of the foot. The compression irritates your nerve, which eventually leads to nerve damage.

Foot & Ankle Treatments

The podiatrists and foot and ankle specialists at OrthoNeuro in Columbus provide comprehensive care to address the wide range of painful foot and ankle problems.

Ankle Arthroscopy

Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a small surgical camera and surgical tools. Your foot and ankle specialist uses ankle arthroscopy to treat chronic pain or loss of function in the ankle due to damaged cartilage, ligaments, or bone spurs.

Damage to the cartilage, ligaments, or bone spurs can result from previous injuries (such as repeated ankle sprains) or arthritis.

Total Ankle Replacement

Total ankle replacement, also known as total ankle arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure used to remove the damaged parts of the ankle ligament and bone and replace them with metal and plastic components.

These prosthetics mimic healthy ankle joint function and allow you to move your ankle normally and without pain. 

Wound Care

Our skin is your first line of defense. Failure of any wound to heal in a timely fashion is potentially very serious. Non-healing lower extremity wounds can be particularly problematic and can increase your risk for infection, tissue death, and potential limb loss.

The team employs state-of-the-art wound care and healing technologies in the office and through affiliate wound care centers.

Podiatry Care

No one wants ugly or painful feet due to toenail fungus or warts. The podiatry team at OrthoNeuro offers state-of-the-art laser services for nail fungus, warts, and scars to keep your feet looking their best. The team also provides Keryflex nail restoration for damaged and diseased nails.

The team also offers gait analysis and athletic shoe counseling to identify any abnormalities that could contribute to your foot and ankle pain. 

Healthy feet are an essential part of healthy living. The podiatry and sports medicine specialists can help you foster that active lifestyle no matter what level of sporting activities you enjoy.

Call OrthoNeuro today or make an appointment online for expert foot and ankle care in Columbus, Ohio.

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