Orthopedic Specialties: Foot & Ankle

Foot and ankle anatomy

Foot and Ankle Anatomy

With 28 bones and 33 joints each, our feet are some of the most complex elements of our musculoskeletal system. The ankle has three bones that create the up-and-down and side-to-side movement of the feet, and its muscles, tendons, and ligaments allow for the complex movements needed for balance. Injury, congenital abnormalities, infection, arthritis, and even improper footwear can cause complex foot and ankle pain that is debilitating for everyday life. Our foot and ankle specialists work to restore or improve function and stability through a variety of treatments, including medication, immobilization, physical therapy, and surgical intervention.

Our Approach

Our foot and ankle team believes that understanding your unique symptoms and lifestyle goals is crucial to creating a successful treatment plan that meets your needs. This individualized care enables our specialists to focus on getting you moving again, so you can return to what matters most.

We believe in a conservative, comprehensive approach to treatment, utilizing minimally invasive measures whenever possible to help restore function and mobility to patients. In cases that require surgical intervention, we offer education and guidance to patients to help them make informed decisions about what’s best for them. Through this collaboration, we can help you get back to your life.

Leadership in Innovation

We believe the marriage of technology and medicine leads to safer, more effective treatment for healthier, happier patients. As a leader in emerging orthopedic technology, Ortho Rhode Island is pioneering state-of-the-art orthopedic tools and techniques:

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections  •  BioCartilage Procedures  •  Internal Brace Procedures

Foot & Ankle Specialists
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