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A complex system requires a skilled surgeon.


The foot is a complex structure, containing 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, and 19 muscles. Due to its unique anatomy, the foot is susceptible to a wide range of injuries and conditions and can be the source of significant, often debilitating, pain. At some point in their lifetimes, most Americans will experience foot pain, which can be the result of a wide range of injuries and conditions, from improper footwear and misalignment of the spine to traumatic injuries or chronic inflammation.


Common causes of foot pain include, but are not limited to:


  • Traumatic injuries, such as fractures and strains

  • Overuse injuries, such as stress fractures

  • Chronic conditions and diseases, such as arthritis, diabetes, and plantar fasciitis

  • Deformities, such as bunions and flat foot

At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery, our specialty-trained foot & ankle doctor is the leading expert in assessing, diagnosing, and treating foot injuries and conditions. 


Don't Ignore a Foot Injury


Ignoring a foot injury or condition can be counterproductive, cause further damage, and is ill-advised, as foot pain can emanate from the bones, tendons, nerves, and ligaments of the foot, making self-diagnosis extremely difficult. It may be time to consult a foot specialist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of foot pain:


  • Numbness in the foot

  • Pain in the heel, ball, or arch of the foot Inability to perform daily activities without foot pain

  • Change in sensation or color of the skin or toenails

  • Swelling or tenderness in the foot

  • Loss of function

  • Deformity

Because the foot endures constant weight bearing, stress, and frequency of use, foot pain generally does not subside without proper treatment. A consultation with a foot doctor is the best way to differentiate between a severe foot condition and minor foot injury. Our specialist at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery understands that foot pain can dramatically reduce your mobility, disrupt your lifestyle, and decrease your quality of life.


Dr. Elton is committed to working with you to develop a customized treatment plan to accommodate your specific needs and get you back on your feet quickly and safely. Our foot expert knows that a prompt, accurate, and proper diagnosis is critical in determining the most effective treatment approach for your individual condition.

The Ankle

Though most commonly the result of acute trauma or sports-related injuries, such as fractures and sprains, ankle pain can also be caused by overuse. Overuse injuries of the ankle typically result in agitation and discomfort, ranging from mild joint pain to Achilles tendonitis (medically referred to as tendinitis). If you think you are suffering from an ankle injury or condition, it may be time to seek treatment.


Consult a foot and ankle specialist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: 


  • Sudden intense pain

  • Pain when you're not bearing weight    

  • Pain that lingers for more than two weeks

  • Localized swelling that persists or worsens after 2 - 3 days

  • Stiffness or weakness restricting your range of motion

Additionally, if you develop a fever or experience increased pain, swelling, redness, or warmth around the affected area, seek immediate treatment from a foot and ankle specialist, as these symptoms may indicate an infection. Ankle pain typically does not subside without proper treatment due to constant weight bearing, stress, and frequency of use. Committed to delivering specialized and compassionate foot and ankle care, Dr. Elton understands that an accurate diagnosis is crucial in determining the most effective course of treatment for your individual condition.

Why Choose VSO?


With years of experience and advanced training devoted to the orthopaedic care of the ankle, our esteemed ankle specialist at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery is an unparalleled expert in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating ankle injuries and conditions. Our ankle surgeon, Dr. John Paul Elton, has the knowledge, proficiency, and skill to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your ankle injury or condition so you can get back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely. 

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Foot, Ankle, and Orthopaedic Trauma

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