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Photo of patient Lane Keleman

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The new ankle was a complete
success, allowing me to ski
with all the confidence I could
muster at 64 years of age.

- Lane Kelemen

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Today I am able to go for long
walks with my dogs, take yoga,
pilates and spin classes. I’m
more active than I’ve been in
a long time.

- Julie Fitzgerald

Foot and Ankle Service

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We believe in educating our patients about their conditions.

Complex, constantly impacted, rugged, yet intricately balanced, feet and ankles are some of the most frequently injured areas of the human body, and unfortunately, some of the most frequently misunderstood and misdiagnosed. The Foot and Ankle Service at HSS leads a multi-disciplined approach to expertly treat the broad range of foot and ankle conditions that can occur at any stage of life, from newborn to teen years and from active adults to seniors.

Surgeons

Consulting Physicians

What We Treat

Preparing for Surgery

At Hospital for Special Surgery, we believe that patient and family education is a critical component of providing excellent patient care. We designed this booklet to help guide you and your family through the journey from the pre- to post-surgical phases of care.

Explore the interactive version above, or download the pdf.

Other Resources

Physical Therapy

Orthotics and Shoes

New York City Shoe Stores

ENESLOW
470 Park Ave (at 32nd St.)
New York, NY 10016
212.477.2300

ENESLOW
1504 Second Ave (at 79th St.)
New York, NY 10075
212.249.3800

HARRY'S SHOE
299 Broadway (at 83rd St.)
New York, NY 10024
866.442.7797

TIP TOP SHOES
155 W 72nd St.
(between Columbus Ave. and Amsterdam Ave.)
New York, NY 10023
212.787.4960

Queens and Long Island Shoe Stores

TURNPIKE COMFORT FOOTWEAR
184-20 Union Turnpike
Flushing, NY 11366
718.454.5870

ERIC COMFORT SHOES
426 Hillside Ave.
Williston Park, NY 11596
516.877.2002

RUNNER'S EDGE
242 Main St.
Farmingdale, NY 11735
516.420.7963

THE RUGGED BOOT
2061 Middle Country Rd.
Centereach, NY 11720
631.471.2668

ENESLOW
249-38 Horace Harding Expressway
Little Neck NY 11362
718.357.5800

LONG ISLAND COMFORT SHOES
& PEDORTHIC SERVICES
650 Route 112 (1 block north of Route 347)
Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
631.476.9717

NEW BALANCE STORE LI
127 Old Country Rd.
Carle Place, NY 11514
516.873.7020

Rocker bottom shoes are used to transfer weight, reduce pressure and limit motion. The sole configuration shifts the body forward reducing energy consumption, propelling the foot to transition from heel strike to toe off in one quick sweep. The configuration of the rocker sole and the position of the apex determine where pressure is reduced.

Tone shoes and sneakers are constructed with rocker soles which are generically configured. There are two types of Tone rocker shoes: stable and unstable. The stable version only affects the sagittal plane (front and back motion) and the unstable affects the sagittal and frontal planes (front and back motion along with side to side).

There are six different types of rocker soles.

Toe off Rocker

Toe off Rocker (forefoot) apex is positioned to inhibit motion at the MP joints, allowing the IP joints push off at most distal point of foot contact.
Indication for use: limited toe motion, heavy toe callous and mild drop foot.

Ankle Joint Rocker

Ankle Joint Rocker apex is positioned to reduce impact at heel strike lessening the demands for ankle motion.
Indications for use: limited front and back ankle motion, ankle arthritis and ankle fusion.

MTP Joint Rocker

MTP Joint Rocker (forefoot) apex is positioned to limit the motion through the MP joints.
Indications for uses: mild forefoot overload, limited forefoot motion and forefoot arthritis.

Metatarsal Head Rocker

Metatarsal Head Rocker (forefoot) apex is positioned to reduce reaction forces to the metatarsal heads.
Indication: mild-moderate forefoot overload including callous and neuromas.

Negative Heel Rocker

Negative Heel Rocker offloads the forefoot encouraging a heel gait. The reduced heel maintains the forefoot in dorsiflexion.
Indications for use: chronic forefoot overloads heavy callous and plantar ulcerations.

Double Rocker

Double Rocker absorbs plantar mid foot forces.
Indications for use: mid foot limited motion arthritis and Charcot plantar prominences.

*contains rocker sole

Casual / Walking Shoes

Criteria:
Cushioned sole
Multiple widths
Removable insole
Soft uppers

Manufacturer:
Aetrex*
Alden*
Allen Edmonds
Birkenstock
Bostonian
Chung Shi*
Clarks*
Cogent*
Drew
Dunham
Earth*
Ecco
Finn Comfort*
Hush puppies

Johnson & Murphy
Keen
MBT*
Mephisto*
Naot*
Neil Munro
NewBalance*
Pedors
Propet*
PW Minor and Sons*
Rockport*
SAS
Skechers*
Waldlaufer*
Xsensible*

Dress Comfort Shoes

Criteria:
Cushioned sole
Multiple widths
Soft uppers

Manufacturer:
Aetrex*
Alden
Allen Edmonds
Bostonian
Ecco
Finn Comfort*

Johnson & Murphy
Mephisto*
Neil Munro
PW Minor and Sons*
Rockport*
Waldlaufer*

Sneakers

Criteria:
Multiple widths
Cushioned sole
Removable insole
Rocker sole

Manufacturer:
Aetrex
Asics
Brooks
Chung Shi*
Drew
MBT*

NewBalance*
Newton
Propet*
PW Minor and Sons*
Rockport
Saucony
Skechers*

Sandals

Criteria:
Removable foot bed
Multiple widths
Adjustable uppers

Manufacturer:
Aetrex
Allrounder*
Finn Comfort*
Fit Flop*

MBT*
Propet*
Skechers
Vasyli Orthoheel
Waldlaufer*

Foot and Ankle Fellowship

The Foot and Ankle Fellowship at Hospital for Special Surgery has a formal curriculum that runs throughout the year. Fellows are expected to lead and participate in weekly academic conferences with subject matters that include case presentations, patient presentations, journal club, and grand rounds. Fellows will participate in operative and non-operative aspects of all adult foot and ankle care.

Research

Research is at the core of the mission of the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Our goal is to investigate the delivery of medical care to our patients and then provide them with the highest possible outcomes. This is accomplished by using the latest techniques available. Furthermore, our foot and ankle registry, comprised of over 35,000 patients, allows our department to draw on prior patient experiences to constantly improve the level of care we provide. We are currently conducting many clinical trials in addition to performing basic science research in the laboratory to answer research questions that arise from within HSS as well as from across the globe.

Video: Current Concepts in Foot & Ankle Research and Treatment

Broken Ankle? Get quick access to an HSS orthopedic surgeon.

Call our Ankle Fracture Line at 833.294.9759

Why choose HSS? Our patients say it best.