University Foot and Ankle Institute is internationally recognized as leaders in foot and ankle care, research and helping develop state-of-the-art treatment options like regenerative therapies like PRP and stem cells for the foot and ankle.
Though world class surgeons, we always try to avoid surgery since conservative non-surgical treatments work for 70% to 95% of all our patients (depending on their condition).
A bunion is when your toe bones shift into an improper position which causes pain and loss of function. This usually involves the big toe and the long bone behind it, called the first metatarsal. Over time, the first metatarsal moves towards the other foot while the big toe moves in the opposite direction creating a bump. 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. UFAI is a world leader in the research and treatment of Plantar Fasciitis with non-surgical and state-of-the-art regenerative medicine treatments. Learn More
Chronic ankle instability results from recurring ankle sprains or a sprain that didn't heal properly. The ligaments around the ankle stretch or tear and patients often report a constant feeling that the ankle will "give way."
Our nationally recognized surgeons have revolutionized chronic ankle instability treatment, vastly improving success rates and decreasing recovery time. Learn More
The plantar plate is a strong ligament on the bottom of the foot. It keeps the toes in the joint and prevents them from over-extending or drifting out of normal range. Injuries are often called a "Plantar Plate Tear" or "Ball of Foot Pain."
Expertise is critical for proper diagnosis and recovery. Sadly many new patients come to us after suffering for years because they were misdiagnosed as this ailment presents like other conditions. Learn More
The Achilles tendon is used in almost every activity that involves moving your foot. It's the largest and strongest tendon in your body, running from the calf down to the foot. It can withstand more than a 1,000 pounds of force, yet it's prone to injury. Our team are nationally recognized experts in Achilles tendon treatment, ranging from minor tendonitis to Achilles rupture repair surgery. Learn More
Did you know that 10% of all fractured or broken bones occur in the foot or ankle? They occur from a single sudden trauma or repetitive overuse of a specific bone. Immediate and proper diagnosis is essential for the best outcome, reducing the chance of further damage or surgery. Learn More
Big Toe Arthritis is inflammation of the joints at the base of your big toe. On average, 90% of your body weight is placed on the big toe so it's easy to see why this is the most common type of foot arthritis. Our podiatrists and foot surgeons have decades of combined experience treating this painful condition. Learn More
Significant pressure is placed upon the ankle joint with each step you take. While the joint can usually withstand such pressure, sometimes injury, genetics or just plain wear and tear creates problems and damage to the surrounding cartilage. Treatment options for this painful, degenerative condition range from conservative to surgical. Learn More
A hammer toe is a toe that's bent because of a muscle imbalance around the toe joints. The imbalance causes the toe to bend , 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. Since hammer toes never get better without intervention, the sooner it is treated, the better the outcome. 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. They can be difficult to diagnose with certainty just by looking at it thus care must be taken to ensure correct diagnosis and treatment. 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 and expertise diagnosing and treating these conditions. Learn More
A cyst is a sac-like structure, typically filled with liquid and commonly underneath the skin, The causes of cysts vary but can include infection, trauma, chronic inflammatory conditions, clogged oil glands or at time, cancer. The most-common types we treat are Ganglion, Synovial and Plantar Fibroma. They should not be ignored. Learn More
Flat feet are generally passed on by genetics but can be from trauma or overuse of the foot. The posterior tibial tendon is the very strong tendon that helps to hold the arch. If this tendon is damaged, the arch will begin to fall over time. When painful flat feet hurt and are left untreated, it leads to long-term problems and be the source of additional conditions. Learn More
Our nationally recognized doctors have extensive knowledge and experience treating 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 for the best possible outcome. 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 these conditions and appropriate medical care and patient education is critical. Learn More
The average person takes 5,000 steps a day and the stress on your feet from carrying you around puts them at risk for many different toe injuries. These include bunions, sesamoiditis, avascular necrosis, plantar plate tear, Tailor's bunion, and more. Our physicians pride themselves in offering the latest treatment protocols and technologies to ensure accurate diagnosis and treatment of all toe conditions, 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 sprains, breaks, arthritis, cartilage damage, chronic instability and more. When left untreated or under-treated they can become chronic conditions that can require totally avoidable surgery to repair. Learn More
Heel injuries are very common and often cause by too much stress on the heel bone and surrounding tissue. This can lead to heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, nerve damage and more. As with many injuries, left untreated they can become chronic conditions that are often very difficult to treat to longer you wait to care for it. 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, they can be damaged by 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's no cure for it, there are several different treatment options to consider, depending on the joint.. 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 critically important.. Learn More