Jefferson Health

Foot Problems and Pain

The average person walks more than 100,000 miles in his or her lifetime. With more than 38 bones and numerous joints and ligaments, it is susceptible to a wide variety of pain and injury. If you have injured your feet or are in pain, turn to the experts at Jefferson University Hospitals and the Rothman Institute at Jefferson for accurate diagnosis and excellent care.

Our orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists (rehabilitation physicians) and radiologists have a total commitment to excellence in patient care, education and research. Our team sees more than 20,000 patients with foot and ankle problems and performs more than 1,500 surgeries annually.

The goal of the Rothman Institute at Jefferson is to relieve patients of chronic pain from foot problems and to return function and enjoyment to everyday activities. To accomplish this, our specialists utilize a broad range of surgical and nonsurgical treatments.

While our foot and ankle specialists offer a full spectrum of operative and nonoperative care for your foot and/or ankle conditions, we often provide treatments to patients who were not deemed candidates for surgery elsewhere.

Arthroplasty is one of our specialties, and we are among the region's leaders in total ankle replacement, often to treat severe ankle arthritis.

Ongoing Research

We are also at the forefront of providing surgical care for the reconstruction of adult-acquired pes planus, an often complex disorder with the common characteristic of partial or total collapse of the arch in the foot. Based on extensive experience with these patients, Jefferson physicians have developed and tested a treatment algorithm that allows successful management of this problem.

Our orthopedic surgeons have also gained expensive experience in fusion surgery and are actively involved in clinical research evaluating the role of various growth factors and bone substitutes for use in fusion of foot and ankle joints.