Foot Pain and Injury

Foot Pain and Injury

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An active life requires feet that work well and are free of pain. Our foot doctors treat foot-related pain and foot injuries that can sideline you from your favorite activities. Common conditions we treat include bunions, claw toes, diabetic foot, foot fractures, foot arthritis, hammer toe, heel pain, heel spurs, ligament and tendon injuries, plantar fasciitis, rheumatoid foot disorders, and sports-related foot injuries.

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If You Need Immediate Treatment

Visit Duke Orthopaedic Urgent Care
Our convenient orthopaedic urgent care locations in Durham, Apex, and Wake Forest are open seven days a week. Get fast service with no long waits and no unnecessary exposure to illness. No appointment needed; walk-ins are welcome.

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Duke Health offers orthopaedic clinics in Durham, Raleigh, Cary, and elsewhere in the Triangle. Find one near you.


Nonsurgical Treatments

Before surgery is considered, our team will recommend nonsurgical treatment options including custom orthotics, bracing, steroid injections, and physical therapy.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections

Our doctors use this emerging technique to extract plasma from your blood and inject it into injured tissue to promote healing. Research suggests this treatment may shorten healing and/or avoid the need for surgery.

Bunion Surgery

Relieves this common source of pain by removing the bony enlargement around the joint at the base of your big toe and realigning the toes.

Ligament Reconstruction

Surgery to repair torn ligaments or transfer other ligaments and tendons in your foot and ankle to repair damage from an injury.

Foot and Ankle Arthroscopy

We specialize in this minimally invasive surgical technique, in which a tiny camera and surgical instruments are passed through small incisions to repair torn ligaments or tendons or remove loose bone or arthritis-damaged cartilage. The benefits to you include a speedier recovery and less blood loss.

Toe Implants for Hammer Toe and Big-Toe Arthritis

Our doctors offer internal bone implants to straighten bent, painful hammertoes, claw toe, and other toe deformities. The implants are more effective and comfortable than traditional treatment options. We also offer an artificial cartilage implant for big-toe arthritis. The flexible implant relieves pain without the loss of movement that occurs with big-toe joint fusion.

Bone and Tissue Grafts

We helped develop novel techniques using transplanted or donor tissue to repair cracks in the foot bones and ankle joint that result from trauma or injury.

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Because the exact source of foot pain is not always obvious, our doctors may use a variety of tests to diagnose your foot condition.

X-ray, Fluoroscopy

In addition to X-rays, our doctors may use fluoroscopy, in which a continuous X-ray beam is passed through the ankle and transmitted to a monitor, to see the foot in motion.

Stress Radiography

X-rays the foot and ankle in positions that put stress on the joint, which gives doctors more information about the source of your pain or injury in order to pinpoint your diagnosis.

Blood Tests

May be used to help diagnose rheumatoid arthritis or indicate the presence of inflammation or infection. 

Ultrasound, CT, MRI

Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create pictures of blood vessels in order to rule out blockages. Your doctor may recommend an MRI to rule out underlying conditions such as damage to soft tissues like tendons and ligaments. CT scans may be used to get a more complete look at the soft tissue injuries affecting the ligaments, cartilage, and tendons in your foot and ankle. 

Leaders in Foot Injury Treatment

Sports Medicine Specialists
Our sports medicine specialists are trained to care for sports-related injuries and specialize in the treatment of athletes of every level. They include primary care doctors, physiatrists, podiatrists, physical therapists, and orthopaedic surgeons. They help you recover from foot injury, prevent injury, and can work with you to improve your sports performance. They help active individuals return to the activities they love.

Skilled Experts on Your Team
Our orthopaedic and plastic surgeons combine their skills and expertise to perform complex procedures.

Dedicated Physical Therapy
Our physical therapists focus exclusively on foot and ankle injuries and rehabilitation. They work in tandem with your doctor to devise a personalized rehabilitation plan that includes sport-specific therapy.

Duke University Hospital is nationally ranked in 10 adult specialties
Best Orthopaedic Hospital in North Carolina
Where you receive your care matters. Duke University Hospital’s nationally ranked orthopaedics program was named best in North Carolina by U.S. News & World Report for 2019–2020.