Foot and Ankle Care

At UC San Diego Health, we embrace a multidisciplinary approach to caring for foot and ankle injuries. Our team of surgeons, physical therapists, athletic trainers and nurse practitioners treat a wide range of foot and ankle problems, including cartilage and tendon injuries, osteoarthritis, fractures, sports-related injuries and other foot pain.

Conditions We Treat

Foot and ankle conditions we treat include:

Non-Surgical Treatments for Foot and Ankle Conditions

Many foot and ankle problems can be resolved by non-surgical approaches. Our physical therapists and certified nurse practitioner can provide:

  • Functional rehabilitation
  • Gait retraining
  • Bracing
  • Injections
  • Shoe and orthotics advice

If you are still experiencing problems after conservative care, they can help determine whether you are a candidate for surgery, and what you can expect from surgery if you decide it's the right option for you. 

Surgical Treatments for Foot and Ankle Conditions

Surgery is sometimes the most effective therapy. Our physicians provide the latest treatments for foot and ankle problems, including:

  • Open reduction and internal fixation of fractures within the foot or ankle
  • Repair or reconstruction of tendon tears
  • Ankle replacement due to severe arthritis
  • Bone fusions for painful chronic foot deformities
  • Bunion surgery
  • Stem cell aspiration
  • Bone regeneration
  • Cartilage tissue engineering

Surgery can be the therapy of choice for a variety of injuries found commonly in high-caliber athletes who need to get back in the game quickly, patients who have experienced repeat or severe injuries, or patients whose injuries do not heal following other treatment methods. Surgical treatments can offer more effective deformity correction, a decreased likelihood of relapse, and ultimately, a faster road to recovery.

While surgery can be effective, it requires extensive rehabilitation and a period of immobilization during which no weight can be placed on the foot or ankle.

As part of an academic health system, we are constantly developing new, more effective methods of evaluating and treating our patients. For example, a stress fracture in an athlete’s foot or ankle may not be able to heal for a year or more. A surgical technique used to compress the bone, combined with new therapies like bone marrow aspiration and bone grafting, can stimulate healing and unite the fractured bones more quickly.

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