Foot and Ankle

Our foot and ankle doctors at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine are recognized experts in evaluating and treating foot and ankle injuries and conditions.

To schedule an appointment with one of our foot and ankle doctors in Granville or Coshocton, Ohio, please call or request an appointment online.

How a Foot Specialist Can Help

When a patient is experiencing any type of pain in their foot, a foot doctor can help them by applying their specialized knowledge in order to assess, diagnose, and treat that patient. Foot doctors not only offer their medical skills, but they also understand that foot issues can have a significant impact on a person’s life, especially if they are unable to walk because of foot pain. 

Foot specialists must also have a deep understanding of how all 33 joints and 26 bones in the foot function, how they can be damaged, and how best to treat them. 

Some of the issues that foot doctors often treat are related to foot deformities, like bunions, hammertoes, or fallen arches. People with foot injuries often seek out a foot specialist as well, whether they are suffering from something like a foot or toe fracture or another condition, such as plantar fasciitis, which is caused by a strain on the large ligament on the bottom of the foot. Foot doctors also frequently work with patients who have arthritis. 

Besides diagnosing and treating people, foot doctors will also educate them about the foot and different foot issues so they can avoid more injuries or damage in the future.

When It's Time to See a Foot Doctor

Awareness of certain symptoms is important because if a foot issue can be diagnosed and treated early on, it could help avoid further foot damage and pain in the future. Sharing this information with your doctor allows them to provide you with the best foot care. 

If any of the following symptoms sound familiar, you may have damaged your foot or the surrounding tissues:

  • The affected area is tender to the touch
  • Your big toe angles inward towards the second toe
  • Bony lump on the side of the big toe
  • Burning sensation
  • Feet appear flat and without arches
  • Limping
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Pain on the bottom of the foot near the heel
  • Swelling
  • Unable to bear weight on the foot due to severe pain
  • Unable to point or flex toes without pain
What Foot Conditions We Treat

At Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine, we can help with several foot conditions. Our foot specialists can treat the following conditions:

  • Bone spurs (common in the heel)
  • Bunions
  • Calluses
  • Claw foot
  • Corns
  • Deformity
  • Flatfeet
  • Foot arthritis
  • Foot or toe fractures
  • Hammertoes
  • Heel pain
  • Mallet toes
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sprains
  • Tendon injuries



How an Ankle Specialist Can Help

The ankle joint is at a high risk for injury, especially during sports activities, and ankle doctors often see athletes who have suffered an ankle injury. 

Basketball, football, and soccer players, as well as other athletes who pivot and turn, commonly suffer ankle sprains. Runners frequently come to ankle doctors with symptoms of Achilles tendonitis. Dancers are susceptible to ankle inversion injuries, which is when the ankle rolls painfully outward. 

But just as often, ankle doctors treat injuries that happen to people during the course of daily life, such as when a person takes an awkward step and twists their ankle.

Other patients ankle doctors frequently work with are those with ankle arthritis. The sensation of that pain is sometimes different than that of people with ankle injuries. Typically, people with ankle arthritis experience swelling, stiffness, tenderness, and joint pain. 

Regardless of the injury or condition, an ankle doctor has the specialized knowledge to help restore patients to reduced pain and better health.

When to See an Ankle Doctor

Being aware of certain symptoms is important because if an ankle issue can be diagnosed and treated early on, it may help to avoid further ankle damage and pain in the future. Sharing this information with your doctor allows them to provide you with the best ankle care. 

If any of the following symptoms sound familiar, you may have damaged your ankle or the surrounding tissues:

  • Ankle instability
  • Inability to bear weight on the foot due to ankle pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Loss of flexibility
  • Pain that radiates down into the foot
  • Pain that radiates up into the calf
  • Pain when the foot is pushed upwards towards the ankle
  • Swelling or bruising around the ankle joint
What Ankle Conditions We Treat

The ankle doctors at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine treat various ankle conditions. Our ankle doctors can treat the following conditions:

  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Ankle arthritis
  • Ankle inversion injury
  • Ankle sprains
  • Anterior ankle impingement syndrome (athlete’s ankle)
  • Charcot’s Neuroarthropathy (CN)
  • Fractures
  • Gout
  • Lateral malleolus fracture
  • Syndesmotic ligament injury
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome (Posterior Tibial Neuralgia)
What Foot and Ankle Treatments Our Specialists Offer

Our doctors at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine offer many different types of foot and ankle treatments. You will find them listed below. 

Bunion Removal

Bunions can be removed using treatments called Modified Lapidus and Osteotomy. These surgeries involve removing excess bony tissue and correcting the position of the bone. However, they involve different approaches and techniques.

Ankle Arthroscopy

Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows the surgeon to see inside the ankle joint using a small surgical camera. It may be used to treat damaged cartilage, ligaments, or bone spurs. This can help relieve chronic pain or loss of function in the ankle.

Total Ankle Replacement

This procedure is also known as total ankle arthroplasty. The surgeon will remove the damaged parts of the ankle bone and cartilage and replace them with metal and plastic components.

Foot and Ankle Reconstruction

This type of surgery can be used to treat several foot and ankle conditions. Surgery may involve releasing tendons or realigning bones. 



Keeping You Active at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine

Finding a doctor who can expertly diagnose and treat your foot or ankle pain is one of the most important decisions you will make regarding your care.

Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine, Edward L. Westerheide, M.D., Brad L. Bernacki, M.D., and Alex Tancevski, M.D., are specialty-trained in diagnosing and treating a variety of foot and ankle injuries and conditions. Our doctors always strive to find a conservative treatment for you first before recommending surgery. 

However, if foot or ankle surgery is the best option, our surgeons have extensive experience performing surgical foot procedures, such as foot or ankle reconstruction. Our surgeons are dedicated to providing compassionate, expert orthopedic care to get you moving and keep you active.

Taking a team approach, our orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons work closely with our specialty-trained therapy team. Our physical therapists provide expert rehabilitation services and will tailor a treatment plan to your individual needs to restore function and get you back to the life you love.

To schedule an appointment with one of our foot surgeons at our office in Coshocton or Granville, OH, please request an appointment online or call (740) 788-9220.

Our ankle specialists also understand that some injuries occur when least expected, so we are proud to offer our Orthopedic Urgent Care to treat patients suffering from acute orthopedic injuries and conditions. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is necessary.

Medically reviewed by Edward L. Westerheide, M.D.