Our board-certified podiatric foot and ankle specialists and clinical care team provide personalized treatments for foot and ankle disorders, trauma, deformities, diseases and conditions. From common fractures and sprains to problems with the bones in your feet to nail disorders or diabetic foot conditions, you'll find expert care at Ohio State. If your situation is related to physical activity, you may see one of our podiatrists, or an orthopedic surgeon for your foot and ankle injury. Relief starts with the right diagnosis and treatment plan.
Diagnosis of Podiatric Disorders
At your first appointment, you’ll meet with one of our physicians and undergo a physical exam and thorough medical history. If necessary, your doctor will order on-site X-rays of your foot or ankle or additional imaging, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). An X-ray helps your doctor see inside your internal structure to reveal possible damage to bones or dense tissue. An MRI gives us detailed, high-resolution images of your bones, joints and surrounding soft tissues, such as tendons, ligaments and muscles. It can show your doctor if you have any structural damage, deterioration or abnormalities.
Using these findings, your treating physician will assess your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan. Your treatment plan may include non-surgical treatment options or therapies, outpatient surgery or referral to one of our other orthopedic specialists.
Podiatric Disorders We Treat
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Tendon and Ligament Damage
Treatment for Podiatric Disorders
Our podiatric specialists typically start with conservative, non-surgical treatments, including:
- Braces to properly position foot and ankle joints
- Cast boots to immobilize the foot or ankle for healing
- Custom-molded orthotics to correct irregularities in gait
- Physical therapy to exercise, train or rehabilitate foot or ankle
- Special shoes to prevent wounds, infection or friction
If conservative treatment is not an option or has previously failed, we offer progressive surgical treatment options, including:
- Bunionectomy to remove a piece of bone and realign the toe to correct the deformity
- Surgical removal of spurs to get rid of the bony, abnormal prominence found on the inside of the foot near the big toe
- Foot and ankle reconstruction to correct complex deformities
- Open reduction internal fixation of fractures (ORIF) to set bones and facilitate healing
- Osteotomy, which is surgically cutting the bone to alter it in some way, such as shortening, or to correct bone alignment
- Plantar fascia release to relieve tension and inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament
- Tendon repair to surgically treat, repair or re-attach a torn or damaged tendon
If you need mobility help
If you need home medical equipment, such as a walker or a wheelchair, it’s easy to obtain quickly through Ohio State Home Medical Equipment (OSHME), a joint venture between Ohio State Health Inc. and DASCO Home Medical Equipment. OSHME has staff and supplies on hand for patients of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. To learn more about available equipment, place an order or talk to an equipment specialist, visit godasco.com.