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Foot and Ankle Doctor for Pain and Acute Injuries

Foot and Ankle Specialist

From professional athletes to everyday people, our feet and ankles play an important role in everyone's day-to-day life. Every time you walk around the neighborhood or play your favorite sport, your feet and ankles are at the center of it. That’s why it’s so important that you receive the best possible care from a foot and ankle surgeon if you get injured or develop a chronic condition.

At The Orthopedic Practice (TOP) MD, we provide patient-focused, highly-personalized care for a wide range of foot and ankle conditions. Our dedicated team, led by the accomplished Dr. Christina Cervieri, is committed to building meaningful relationships with our patients and understanding their unique needs. With over 20 years of experience and training from some of the country's top hospitals, Dr. Cervieri stands out as a leading female orthopedic surgeon in a field where only 6% of surgeons are women.

We look forward to partnering with you on your journey to recovery and providing the exceptional care you deserve.


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Foot and Ankle Surgery for Various Conditions

At The Orthopedic Practice MD, our experienced team of orthopedic surgeons specializes in treating a wide range of foot and ankle conditions through surgical intervention. Below are some of the common foot and ankle conditions that we treat:

  • Fractures: Foot and ankle fractures can range from simple breaks to complex injuries involving multiple bones and joints. Fractured foot treatment varies depending on the type and severity of the fracture, but surgical intervention may be necessary. Foot and ankle fracture surgery can be used to realign and stabilize the affected bones, ensuring proper healing and restoring function.
  • Tendon Injuries: Tendon injuries, such as Achilles tendon ruptures or tears, can significantly impact your mobility and quality of life. When dealing with an injured ankle or foot tendon, treatment sometimes involves surgery. Surgery can help repair, reconstruct, or remove a damaged tendon and restore its strength and function.
  • Sprains: Severe sprains, particularly those involving ligament tears or instability in the ankle joint, may require surgical intervention to repair the damaged ligaments and prevent recurrent instability or further injury. This procedure also helps to stabilize the joint and restore its full range of motion.
  • Arthritis: When conservative treatments fail to provide relief from arthritis-related pain and joint degeneration, surgery may be considered. Surgical options for foot and ankle arthritis include joint fusion, joint replacement, and arthroscopic debridement, all aimed at reducing pain and improving mobility.
  • Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain that often responds well to conservative treatments like rest, stretching exercises, and the use of orthotics. However, in cases where conservative treatments no longer provide relief, surgery may be recommended to relieve tension and alleviate pain.

Dr. Christina Cervieri and her team are dedicated to providing the highest level of care for each patient, employing the latest surgical techniques and technologies to ensure optimal outcomes. From the initial consultation through post-operative recovery, we are committed to helping you regain mobility, alleviate pain, and return to an active, pain-free lifestyle.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I recognize an ankle sprain, and when should I seek medical attention?

Ankle sprains symptoms typically include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty moving the affected ankle or bearing weight on it. In some cases, you may also hear or feel a "pop" at the time of injury. If you think your ankle might be springing, it's important to seek out medical attention and prompt diagnosis and treatment. In some cases, ankle ligament surgery may be necessary.

At TOP MD, our experienced team of foot and ankle surgeons can help create and provide the most effective treatment solution for you. We're here to help make sure you get back on your feet quickly and safely!

What will my recovery time look like?

Recovery times vary based on what procedure was performed, the severity of the injury, and the patient's overall health. For example, while plantar fasciitis surgery typically takes 3-6 weeks to recover from, ankle ligament repair surgery can take 6-12 months. Dr. Cervieri and her team can discuss your recovery timeline and provide you with all the information, instructions, and resources you need for a successful recovery.

Can I still participate in sports and other physical activities after my surgery?

Once Dr. Cervieri and her team have cleared you for activity, you can likely resume sports and other physical activities as soon as you feel comfortable. Depending on the type of surgery and the condition being treated, it may take some time to regain full strength and flexibility. During the recovery period, it's important to follow any instructions given to you by your care team, like following any activity restrictions and doing assigned physical therapy exercises.

At TOP MD, we'll work with you every step of the way, helping to create a customized recovery plan that will ensure you get back to doing the activities you love as soon as possible. We understand how important sports are to young athletes, and we want to help you get in the game as quickly and safely as possible.

My child injured their ankle while playing sports. Why should we choose TOP MD?

As a former Junior Olympic ski racer and a current team physician for U.S. Figure Skating, Dr. Cervieri has a passion for sports and the expertise to assess and treat sports-related injuries. Whether it’s a sprain, fracture, break, or another injury, our team will take a personalized approach to ensure an effective treatment plan tailored to each patient’s needs. We understand that no two injuries are the same, so we don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach. Contact TOP MD today to learn more about how we can help your child get back in the game.

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