Foot and Ankle Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute is home to a team of doctors who specialize in surgical treatments, such as foot and ankle fracture surgery. Our experienced surgeons offer you the comprehensive care you need for an effective procedure and a successful recovery. Our surgeons are fellowship-trained in foot and ankle surgery and specialize exclusively in caring for lower extremity conditions.

What is foot or ankle fracture surgery?

A broken ankle or foot could require surgery if the fracture is severe or cannot heal on its own. These fractures can range in severity, from a minor crack in the bone to a full break, shatter, or even a bone breaking through the skin. An orthopedic surgeon can offer recommendations for treatment based on your unique fracture. When needed, surgery may involve plates or screws that help hold the broken portion of the bone in the correct position while it heals.

What does fracture surgery involve?

Your exact surgical procedure will vary depending on the type of fracture you are suffering from. One of our experienced surgeons will work with you and your family to explain your exact surgical procedure, which may involve any of the below, based on your needs:

  • Repair of broken bones
  • Repositioning of bones
  • Screw, plate, or other implant for stability

What does recovery involve?

After surgery, the healing process can take a number of weeks, depending on the severity of your fracture. Once your procedure is complete, our physicians will work with you closely to develop a personalized rehabilitation plan. When needed, your plan may include services from specialists in other fields, which we can coordinate for you. Typically, your surgeon may recommend one or more of the following to promote the best possible recovery from surgery:

  • Pain medications
  • Rest
  • Elevation
  • Physical therapy
  • Exercise therapy

What are the benefits surgery?

The benefits of visiting MedStar Orthopaedic Institute include:

  • Ankle and foot pain relief
  • Corrected fractures and misaligned bones
  • Ability to return to normal activities without pain
  • Improved balance and ankle strength

Why is surgery performed?

Surgery is generally required when the fracture involves:

  • Multiple breaks in the bone
  • Bones moving out of alignment
  • A bone that has broken through the skin
  • Shattered bones
  • A misaligned joint


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If you believe you may need foot or ankle fracture surgery, call 202-295-0511 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. Our doctors have years of experience treating a wide range of foot and ankle conditions and are pleased to offer comprehensive care in the Washington, D.C. area.

Our Specialists

Foot & Ankle

Nicholas D. Casscells, MD
Nicholas D. Casscells, MD
Foot & Ankle Surgery

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
Paul Stuart Cooper, MD
Paul Stuart Cooper, MD
Foot & Ankle Surgery
PhonePhone: 202-444-3668

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Kathryn Marie O’Connor, MD

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center

Trauma/Broken Bones & Fractures

Robert David Golden, MD

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
David M. Hampton, MD

MedStar Washington Hospital Center


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