While surgery is sometimes necessary, the good news is that most foot and ankle issues can be treated successfully with non-surgical care. At the Schottenstein Center, we always strive to employ conservative options first, whenever possible, to treat a patient’s problem, and design a unique treatment plan to fit the needs and lifestyle of each of our patients. Treating a patient conservatively can be as simple as recommending certain exercises, prescribing a particular medication, physical therapy, custom orthotics or bracing, padding, or trying different shoe gear. Dr. Schottenstein has also partnered with a custom bracing expert to provide patients who need custom bracing with the finest brace available that will help support them and allow for improved function.

When conservative treatments are not indicated, or when they are ineffective at improving the patient’s symptoms, foot and ankle surgeries sometimes become necessary to resolve various conditions or deformities caused by injury, genetics, or biological changes. Dr. Schottenstein will determine which surgery is right in each circumstance, and then take the time to discuss your options and address any questions and concerns, so you can make an informed decision. Dr. Schottenstein has undergone extensive surgical training in the surgical treatment of the foot and ankle and has also undergone fellowship training in advanced techniques in reconstructive foot, rearfoot, and ankle surgery. Whatever, the treatment indicated, Dr. Schottenstein will take the time to go through all of the options with you and create a customized treatment plan, so you can get back on your feet, pain-free, as soon as possible.