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Foot and Ankle

The foot and ankle are complex structures, composed of 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Thanks to its unique anatomy, the foot and ankle are susceptible to several injuries and conditions and can be the source of significant and debilitating pain. At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery, our specialty-trained foot & ankle doctor is the leading expert in assessing, diagnosing, and treating conditions of the foot and ankle. 

When Should I Consult a Foot and Ankle Specialist?

Ignoring a foot or ankle injury can be counterproductive and cause further damage. Furthermore, foot and ankle pain can be the result of multiple issues with the bones, tendons, nerves, and ligaments, making self-diagnosis extremely difficult. 


It may be time to consult a foot and ankle specialist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:


  • Numbness, tenderness, or stiffness 

  • Sudden, intense pain after an injury to the foot or ankle

  • Pain in the heel, ball, or arch of the foot 

  • A clicking or popping sensation in the ankle joint

  • Inability to perform daily activities without foot or ankle pain

  • Swelling or bruising in the foot or ankle that persists after 2-3 days

  • Impacted range of motion

  • Instability 

  • Deformity

Because the foot and ankle are constantly weight bearing, pain generally does not subside without proper treatment. A consultation with a foot and ankle doctor is the best way to differentiate between a severe condition and a minor injury. 


Dr. John Paul Elton – a Harvard-educated, fellowship-trained foot and ankle physician at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery – understands that foot and ankle pain can dramatically impact your quality of life. He and his team of orthopaedic experts are committed to working with you to develop a customized treatment plan that accommodates your lifestyle needs and gets you back on your feet quickly and safely.


After experiencing foot issues for a few years, I was encouraged to seek out Dr. Elton. From start to finish, my experience – which included extensive surgery – was positive in every aspect. Dr. Elton’s team are the ultimate professionals, yet caring and compassionate. My foot issues have been resolved and I am so pleased with the outcome. You could not find a finer team to handle your foot and ankle problems.

Sherry F.

I have been so impressed with Dr. Elton's surgical skills and the entire "Team Elton" that supports his practice. I am successfully recovering from a bone spur plus tendon transplant operation, and I very much appreciate all the support and care I received. All of the pre and post-operative care has been exceptional — and that's in addition to the surgical experience itself. Dr. Elton and his team are a gift to Vail Valley!

Jessica K.

Dr. Elton and his whole team are amazing! Everyone was kind, empathic, and extremely helpful. Dr. Elton knows what he is doing. He even cleaned up some old scar tissue and fixed a partially torn ligament that I probably tore in high school years ago. Thank you, Dr. Elton and team! You got this done as quickly as possible and did an exceptional job on top of it.

Emily R.

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Personalized Foot and Ankle Care for Your Lifestyle

Committed to delivering specialized and compassionate foot and ankle care, Dr. Elton understands that an accurate diagnosis is crucial in determining the most effective treatment for your unique lifestyle.


With years of experience and advanced training devoted to orthopaedic care, our renowned foot and ankle specialist at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery is an unparalleled expert in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating foot and ankle injuries. Dr. Elton has the knowledge, proficiency, and skill to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your foot or ankle condition so you can return to the activities you love.

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