The team at University Foot and Ankle Institute is internationally recognized as leaders in foot and ankle care. We specialize in both conservative and surgical treatments for conditions such as ankle, toe and tendon injuries as well as deteriorating conditions like arthritis and bunions.
Though we are world class surgeons, we always try to avoid surgery since conservative treatments such as physical therapy, bracing, cast immobilization, custom orthotics and injection therapies solve over 70% of all problems.
We pride ourselves in offering the very best care, state of the art treatment in a professional, relaxing environment.
A bunion is when your toe bones shift into an improper position which causes pain and loss of function. The deformity usually involves the big toe and the long bone behind the big toe, called the first metatarsal. Over time, the first metatarsal begins to move towards the other foot while the big toe moves in the opposite direction, towards the 2nd toe, creating a bump.
Our nationally recognized physicians have extensive experience in the treatment of bunions and offer state-of-the-art bunion treatment techniques, many of which we helped develop. Learn More
Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is the thick band of tissue on the bottom of your foot and if it becomes swollen or inflamed, the painful result is plantar fasciitis. The Foot and Ankle Institute is a world leader in the research and treatment of plantar fasciitis with complete diagnostic services, non-surgical and state-of-the-art surgical options for plantar fasciitis treatment. Learn More
Ankle Sprains are the most common foot and ankle injury for children and adults. A sprain is usually caused by the twisting of your ankle, Most often with the bottom of the foot turning inward, causing the outside of the foot and ankle to roll toward the ground. Because ankle sprains are so common, they are often under-treating or neglected. Proper treatment of an ankle sprain is necessary to avoid further injury or a chronic condition. Learn More
The Achilles tendon is used in almost every activity that involves moving your foot. While it's the largest and strongest tendon in your body, running from the calf down to the foot, and can withstand more than a 1,000 pounds of force, it's prone to injury. Our team of physicians is nationally recognized as experts in Achilles tendon treatment, ranging from minor tendonitis to a total Achilles rupture. Learn More
Approximately ten percent of all fractured or broken bones occur in the foot or ankle. Fractures can occur from a single sudden trauma or repetitive overuse of a specific bone. Immediate and proper diagnosis of foot and ankle fractures are essential for the best outcome and may reduce the chance of further damage or surgery. Learn More
Big Toe Arthritis is inflammation of the joints (the points where bones meet) at the base of your big toe. On average, 90% of your body weight is placed upon the big toe so is easy to see why the most common type of foot arthritis is located in the big toe. Our podiatrists and foot surgeons have decades of combined experience treating this painful condition. Learn More
A significant amount of force and pressure are placed upon the ankle joint with each step you take. And while the joint can usually withstand such pressure, sometimes injury, genetics or just plain wear and tear can create problems and damage to the surrounding cartilage. Treatment option for this painful, degenerative condition range from conservative to surgical. Learn More
A hammer toe is a toe that is bent because of a muscle imbalance around the toe joints. The imbalance causes the toe to bend at one or more joints, pushing the middle of the toe upward in a claw-like position. Hammer toes always occur in the four smaller toes, usually the second toe. They may hurt or look odd, or both. If you notice such changes in your toe, it is essential to seek proper treatment. Hammer toes never get better without intervention and the sooner it is treated, the better the outcome. Learn More
Metatarsalgia is a term used to describe a variety of symptoms, most often ball of foot pain. There are many causes that contribute to metatarsalgia and the podiatrists at UFAI have extensive experience diagnosing and treating these conditions. Learn More
A cyst is a sac-like structure, typically filled with liquid. Cysts are commonly found on or underneath the skin, vary in size and can appear anywhere on the foot and ankle, as well as other parts of the body. The causes of cysts vary but can include: infection, trauma, chronic inflammatory conditions and clogged oil glands. The most-common type of cysts we treat at the University Foot and Ankle Institute are Ganglion, Synovial and Plantar Fibroma. Learn More
Flat feet are generally passed on by genetics. However, there are cases where trauma or overuse of the foot can lead to a collapse of the arch. The posterior tibial tendon is the very strong tendon that helps to hold the arch. If this tendon is damaged, becomes weakened, or tears, the arch will begin to fall over time. When painful flat feet hurt and are left untreated, it can lead to long-term problems and be the source of additional conditions. Learn More
The average person takes 5,000 steps a day. The stress of carrying you around all day puts your feet at risk for injuries, including many toe conditions. These conditions include: sesamoiditis, avascular necrosis, plantar plate tear, Tailor's bunion, and more. The podiatrists at UFAI pride themselves in offering the latest technologies available to ensure accurate diagnosis and treatment of all toe conditions, ranging from a minor fracture to a severe injury requiring surgery. Learn More
The ankle is a complex mechanism comprised of 3 bones, 2 joints, ligaments, cartilage and over 20 muscles. There are many conditions and injuries that can affect the ankle including: arthritis, sprains, breaks, cartilage damage and more. The podiatrists at UFAI pride themselves on offering the latest technology available to diagnose and treat your ankle condition. Learn More
Heel injuries and conditions are very common and are often the result of too much stress on the heel bone and surrounding tissue. This can lead to heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, nerve damage and more. UFAI podiatrists have extensive knowledge in the evaluation and treatment of heel injuries. Learn More
Tendons are tough, flexible bands of tissue that connect muscle to bone enabling us to move. Despite their amazing strength, if strained or not properly cared for, tendons can be damaged. Such damage can result in tears and dysfunction to the Posterial Tibal and Peroneal tendons. Early medical attention is essential in preventing further damage or a chronic condition. Learn More
Arthritis literally means "pain within a joint." While there is no cure for foot or ankle arthritis, UFAI podiatrists offer several different treatment options. With proper medical care, many patients are able to manage pain and maintain an active live, often without surgery. Seeking proper treatment in the early stages of foot and ankle arthritis is essential. Learn More
The podiatrists at UFAI have extensive knowledge and experience of nerve conditions in the foot including: nerve entrapment, neuropathy and tarsal tunnel syndrome. Nerve problems can be the result of direct irritation to the nerve or a medical condition that leads to nerve damage. It is important to seek proper medical treatment at the onset of symptoms. Learn More
Diabetes is the cause of many foot conditions including: charcot foot, nueropathy, ulcers and infections. Because many diabetics experience nerve damage in their feet and ankles, they might not be aware of an existing or worsening condition. Prevention is the best treatment for diabetic foot conditions and appropriate medical care and patient education is critical. Learn More
Even if you practice good hygiene, toenails are still susceptible to problems from a number of systemic causes, including disease, infection or injury. Toenail abnormalities may also be caused by localized inflammation or infection. Appearances may be difficult to diagnose with certainty and care must be taken to ensure correct diagnosis and therefore treatment. Learn More