When you have foot, ankle, or heel issues, the UPMC Foot and Ankle Center can help. From initial diagnosis through treatment and rehabilitation, we track your progress every step of the way.
Patients of all ages come to the center seeking treatment for these common conditions:
- Achilles tendonitis — inflammation of the tendon that connects your calf muscles to your heel bone.
- Arthritis — osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Bunions — extra bone and fluid that grows at the base of the big toe.
- Diabetic foot disease — nerve damage and numbness resulting from diabetes.
- Flat feet — a painful condition that affects the arch of the foot.
- Fractures — breaking an ankle or foot.
- Hammertoe — deformity of the toes.
- Sports-related injuries — injuries sustained during sports.
- Tendon tears — usually in the feet and ankles.
- Ulcers on the lower legs or feet — open sores or lesions that won’t heal.
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In most cases, our doctors use nonoperative techniques, including the latest treatments like orthobiologic injections and shockwave therapy. Advanced surgical procedures include minimally invasive arthroscopy and tendoscopy surgeries.
In the northern communities of Pittsburgh, our providers offer the care and services of one of the nation’s top orthopaedic programs — closer to home and work:
- MaCalus Hogan, MD, MBA, vice chair and chief of Foot and Ankle Surgery in the UPMC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, practices at various locations including the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township. He also is a foot and ankle consultant for UPMC Sports Medicine. Dr. Hogan is an international leader in sports foot and ankle injury management and orthobiologics research. “When care and innovation are closer to home, it lessens patient anxiety and creates a more efficient patient experience,” says Dr. Hogan. “It drives better outcomes in both operative and nonoperative treatments.”
- Stephen Conti, MD, a surgeon with Orthopaedic Specialists–UPMC, has a clinical focus on bunion and toe deformity. “We use advanced 3D imaging to understand the issue and to improve patient outcomes,” says Dr. Conti. He was one of the first doctors in the country to perform ankle replacement surgery to treat ankle arthritis.
- Christopher Edwards, MD, a foot and ankle surgeon at Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers, started offering patients a minimally invasive option to repair Achilles tendon ruptures in 2020. “This is done through small incisions with less risk of infection and wound healing difficulty. I also offer minimally invasive treatment of ankle fractures in select populations,” says Dr. Edwards. Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers has offices in Butler, Mars, and Slippery Rock.
With advanced on-site imaging at locations such as the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, doctors work with radiologists to accurately diagnose and plan the best treatment for each patient.
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When they are not seeing patients in the office, these surgeons offer their expertise to the community. Dr. Hogan serves as a foot and ankle consultant for the athletic departments at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, and Robert Morris University. He is assistant team doctor for Point Park University and its Conservatory of Performing Arts, as well as the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.
In 2004, Dr. Conti and his family founded “Our Hearts to Your Soles,” a nonprofit that provides free medical foot examinations and shoes to the less fortunate. Today, the organization’s work has impacted communities in more than 35 locations across the United States.
As a team doctor with Mars High School football team, Dr. Edwards stands on the sidelines — at the ready to treat athletes’ injuries. “I played football in high school and college and this has been a rewarding way for me to give back to the community,” he says.
To schedule an appointment with the UPMC Foot and Ankle Center, complete our online form or call 1-866-987-6784.
About UPMC Orthopaedic Care
As a national leader in advanced orthopaedic care, UPMC treats a full range of musculoskeletal disorders, from the acute and chronic to the common and complex. Whether you have bone, muscle, or joint pain, we provide access to UPMC’s vast network of support services for both surgical and nonsurgical treatments and a full continuum of care. As leaders in research and clinical trials with cutting-edge tools and techniques, UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside appears on U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the top hospitals in the country for orthopaedics.