Foot + Ankle Program

People today are leading more active lifestyles and living longer due to advancements in medicine, which feet and ankles are enduring more wear and tear and injuries. At Tufts Medical Center, we’ve designed a specialized program to help you stay on your feet and eliminate or manage your foot and ankle pain.

Some of the conditions we treat regularly include:

  • Arthritis of foot and ankle
  • Diabetic foot problems
  • Osteochondral injuries
  • Hallux valgus/bunion deformity
  • Forefoot and toe deformities
  • Ankle sprains and chronic ligament instability
  • Flatfoot and hindfoot deformities
  • Tendon injuries
  • Congenital and post-traumatic conditions
  • Fractures of the foot and ankle
  • Neuromuscular imbalance caused by disease and injury
  • Athletic injuries to the foot and ankle

The complete foot and ankle team all at one location

Because foot health often affects other parts of the body, our treatment approach often involves collaborating with our colleagues in:

Additionally, we work in partnership with our Podiatry Program  to treat a wide range of problems, including arthritis, plantar fasciitis, forefoot deformities, skin conditions and diabetic foot care, to name a few. A medical center with so many resources dedicated to foot and ankle care is rare, even in the Boston medical community.

Treatment from an experienced orthopedic foot surgeon

Our team develops your treatment based on your individual needs and lifestyle. We manage your care personally, and if surgery is recommended, we will perform your procedure.

Some of the treatments we provide include:

  • Arthrodesis/Fusion
  • Post-traumatic reconstruction
  • Bunion and forefoot correction
  • Fracture care
  • Ligament reconstruction
  • Tendon repair and reconstruction
  • Ankle arthroscopy
  • Deformity correction of the foot and ankle

The conservative, non-surgical approach

We begin treating you with conservative, non-surgical methods and consider surgery only after we discuss it in detail with you. Some of the non-surgical therapies we prescribe are:

  • Injection therapy guided by advanced imaging technology
  • Hyperbaric oxygen treatment for wounds and diabetic foot conditions
  • Oral medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Orthotics
  • Bracing
  • Lifestyle changes (e.g., exercise, weight loss, nutrition planning)

Whether you have a nagging injury, ankle arthritis or a debilitating foot disorder, our goal is to help you get back on your feet safely and as quickly as possible.

Matthew Salzler, MD

Matthew Salzler, MD

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Title(s): Chief, Division of Sports Medicine; Orthopaedic Surgeon; Director of Orthopaedic Research; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Orthopedics
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3369
Fax #: 617-636-5178

Shoulder instability and dislocation, rotator cuff repair, labral repair, minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery for shoulder, knee, hip and ankle, cartilage injuries and joint preservation, meniscus repair, management of knee ligament injures (ACL, MCL, multi-ligament), overuse injuries in athletes, adult and adolescent sports medicine, women's sports injuries and preservation, workers' compensation

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