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Foot & Ankle

Your Complex Support System

Your feet contain approximately 25% of the bones in your entire body, plus an intricate web of tendons, ligaments and other connective tissue. They represent perhaps the most complex part of the physical support system that keeps you standing, walking, running, jumping, dancing, skiing, skating, or otherwise balancing and bearing the weight of your body. It’s really no wonder that at some point they might begin to register some complaints.

Foot and Ankle Facts
  • 25% of the bones in the human body are in our feet and ankles
  • 16% of joints are found below the ankle
  • The foot is designed to be both flexible and rigid and adapts to whatever you are doing.

Many conditions, practices and events can have consequences on the feet and ankles, including sports and other injuries, infections, autoimmune/inflammatory diseases, tumors and other potential factors. Other conditions may be genetic or present from birth, or attributable to irregular growth patterns, but most are due to wear and tear over time.

Cooley Dickinson Medical Group Orthopedics & Sports Medicine offers specialty care for foot and ankle conditions, including surgical and non-surgical treatments for many foot and ankle conditions, such as

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis of the foot and ankle
  • Diseases of tendons
  • Forefoot pain
  • Bunion and angled toes
  • Flat feet
  • Neuromas

Resources/For More Information

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons


Interested in learning more about foot and ankle care? Watch orthopedic specialist Brian Hoffman, MD, FAAOS, discuss foot and ankle problems and answer popular questions from the audience:

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Back On Your Feet

Q&As with Foot and Ankle Specialist Brian Hoffman, MD, FAAOS

I have pain on the top of my foot when walking. What is going on?

It could be a variety of things: a stress fracture; arthritis; tendonitis. It’s best to get a foot evaluation to find out what is going on.

What are the symptoms of foot and ankle arthritis?

  • Tenderness or pain
  • Reduce ability to move or walk
  • Stiffness in the joint
  • Swelling of and around the joint

When should I see a foot and ankle surgeon?

  • You experience pain or discomfort in your foot or ankle after standing for a while
  • You have any abnormal growths on your foot, ankle, or toes
  • You have suffered an injury to your foot or ankle, such as a sprain or broken bone
  • You notice any changes in the appearance of your foot, ankle, or toes
  • You notice any new or worsening pain in your foot, ankle, or lower leg
  • You notice that your foot or ankle is swollen

If you are experiencing a foot and ankle problem, call 413-586-8200 to request an appointment today.

Cooley Dickinson Orthopedics & Sports Medicine: Main Offices

CONTACT 413-586-8200

OFFICE HOURS M-F: 8:30 AM-5 PM (See Orthopedic Injury Clinic for Walk-In Hours)

Location & Directions 4 West Street
West Hatfield, MA 01088
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Cooley Dickinson Orthopedics & Sports Medicine: Greenfield Offices

CONTACT 413-586-8200

OFFICE HOURS Monday and Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm

Location & Directions 329 Conway Street
Greenfield, MA, 01301
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Cooley Dickinson Orthopedics & Sports Medicine: Amherst Offices

CONTACT 413-586-8200

OFFICE HOURS M-F: 8:00 AM-4 PM (Including Injury Clinic)

Location & Directions 170 University Drive
Amherst, MA 01002
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