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Have you had an injury or fracture to your ankle or foot? Are you experiencing pain, swelling or issues moving your ankles, feet or toes? Our experts can help. At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, you’ll receive world-class comprehensive care from our orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons and sports medicine doctors. Our team helps patients with a wide range of conditions of the foot, ankle and lower leg. Some injuries may be treated with non-surgical options such as physical therapy, rest or bracing, while other issues may require surgery.

What we treat

 Some of the common areas where we treat damage or injuries to the ankle and foot include:

  • Ligaments: ankle sprains and high ankle sprains
  • Joints: ankle arthritis or injuries to the cartilage inside the ankle
  • Tendons: Achilles tendon ruptures or chronic Achilles pain
  • Bones: broken bones in the foot and ankle, from complex trauma to simple fractures
  • Bunions: great toe deformities
  • Flat feet: collapse of the arch with painful deformity
  • High arch: painful deformities and diminished function
  • Sports injuries: sprains, strains or tears sustained by athletes of all levels
  • Chronic exertional compartment syndrome: when leg muscles swell and create pain and pressure, causing numbness in the foot, cutting off vascular supply and impeding movement
  • Revision surgery: when other surgeries have not helped your persistent pain and deformity. We’ll provide a fresh prospective and treatment options.

Common foot and ankle injuries

Achilles tendon tear

 The Achilles tendon connects your heel bone to muscles in your calf. Every time you run and jump, you use this tendon. A tear can happen when you push off your feet, break into a run or make a stop-and-start move.

Symptoms include:

  • bruising or swelling around your foot or leg
  • feeling of being kicked or stabbed in the back of the ankle
  • difficulty walking or climbing stairs
  • inability to stand on your toes
  • sharp pain in your ankle or your leg

Stress fracture

Sports that involve a lot of running and jumping, like basketball, soccer and track and field result in overuse injuries of the leg, foot and ankle. This can often lead to a small crack in bones, especially the shinbone (tibia) and bones in the foot called the metatarsals.

 Symptoms include:

  • pain that becomes more severe with activity and less severe with rest
  • pain and swelling when supporting weight
  • tenderness in the bone

How we diagnose foot and ankle conditions

You’ll see one of our board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons or an experienced advanced practice provider to begin the diagnostic process. This process includes a thorough history and physical exam and, if needed, diagnostic imaging such as an X-ray done in our facility during your appointment. Your provider may order additional testing, such as an MRI, CT scan, lab testing or ultrasound.

Your treatment is tailored to your condition. Our foot and ankle team works as a cohesive unit to help you from diagnosis to treatment and through recovery. Our therapy teams not only help with rehabilitation, but can provide a full gait analysis to evaluate those who want to improve their running form or posture.

A Closer Look at Sports-Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Treating Ankle Arthritis

Dr. Adam Groth outlines the causes of, and options for treating ankle arthritis and how to determine what may be right for you.

Caring for a Sprained Ankle

Dr. Tim Miller discusses a typical approach to caring for a sprained ankle, a common injury that can range from a simple stretching injury to a complete tear of the ligaments.

Treating Ankle Sprains

Dr. Adam Groth explains the appropriate treatment to help expedite recovery of an ankle sprain.

Runners: Why your toenails fall off

Erik Monson, DPM, is a podiatrist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Here, Dr. Monson describes common cases he sees in runners, such as toenails falling off. It’s normal for these athletes, and there’s a reason it happens.

Meet orthopedic surgeon Kevin Martin, DO

Kevin Martin, DO, explains his approach to patient care as a foot and ankle surgeon at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Nonsurgical Treatments

Nonsurgical treatments

Nonsurgical treatments

Surgical Treatments

Surgical treatments

Surgical treatments

Why Ohio State?

Why choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for treatment of sports-related ankle and foot injuries?

Diagnostic expertise: Our medical specialists published the first-ever system for diagnosing and classifying stress fractures that physicians at other institutions refer to.

Expert Care: Our surgeons have extensive experience repairing Achilles injuries. With in-depth focus on their area of specialty, our highly skilled surgeons offer comprehensive treatment that leads to better and faster results for you. We offer fellowship-level physician care and physical therapy, which means our providers have completed up to two years of intense, specialized experiential training in the field. 

Experience: As the sideline care providers for more than 5,000 central Ohio competitors and performers, including Ohio State’s athletes and varsity teams, we have the experience to help maintain better health and athletic performance.

Patient Success

Korban's Story

Korban was a track and field athlete at The Ohio State University from 2010-2013, and currently competes professionally in long jump. Here he discusses his foot injury and his treatment at Ohio State Sports Medicine.

Our providers who treat foot and ankle sports injuries