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Foot and Ankle Procedures

Foot and ankle injuries are prevalent and can often be quite painful. In many instances, they can be severe enough to prevent you from performing everyday tasks or enjoying your favorite activities. Fortunately, many standard foot and ankle injuries can heal with conservative treatments. However, surgery may be necessary when more conservative measures aren’t able to restore full function and provide long-lasting pain relief.

Colorado Advanced Orthopedics offers a wide range of foot and ankle procedures to address any injury you may have. Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons have the specialized training to diagnose and treat various foot and ankle injuries. We provide conservative, minimally invasive treatments for injuries that don’t require surgery, and we can also perform complex foot and ankle surgeries when these other treatment options aren’t suitable for your condition.

Why Are Foot and Ankle Procedures Performed?

The most common reasons why you may need to undergo a foot and ankle procedure include:

  • Relieve chronic pain
  • Correct physical deformities or damage to the structures in the region
  • Restore proper movement and function after an injury

Common conditions that may require foot and ankle surgery include:

  • Fractures
  • Ligament or tendon tears
  • Arthritis
  • Bunions
  • Cartilage damage

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Foot and Ankle Procedures We Perform

foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Alejandro Miranda is our foot and ankle specialist. He’s a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a dual fellowship in sports medicine and foot and ankle surgery. He regularly performs a wide range of foot and ankle procedures, including:

  • Achilles tendon repair
  • Bunionectomy
  • Foot and metatarsal fusion
  • Ankle fusion
  • Ankle reconstruction
  • Ankle scope
  • Fracture care surgery
  • Cartilage restoration
  • Ankle replacement

Achilles Tendon Repair

The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the back of your heel. It is the largest tendon in your body, and it plays an important role in movements associated with walking and running. When your Achilles tendon tears during an injury, it usually requires surgery. During Achilles tendon surgery, an incision is made in the back of the leg to remove damaged tissue and reattach the torn tendon.


A bunion is a painful condition caused by an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe. A bunionectomy is performed to remove the bunion and realign the joint. During the procedure, portions of bone and tissue are removed to relieve pain and repair the condition.

Foot and Metatarsal Fusion

The metatarsal joints are in the middle part (ball) of your foot and connect the foot bones to the toes. When this joint sustains extensive damage, or you experience chronic pain from arthritis, fusion surgery may be needed. During metatarsal fusion, damaged cartilage is removed, and the bones in the region are fused together using plates and screws. This prevents the bone-on-bone scraping that is causing your pain.

Ankle Fusion

Arthritis in the ankle can be excruciating and make it challenging to move correctly. Often, ankle fusion is required to eliminate the pain and swelling associated with arthritis in this area. During the procedure, two or more bones are fused together with plates, screws, and other hardware to improve stability and restore a pain-free life.

Ankle Reconstruction

If you have specific foot deformities or suffer repeated ankle sprains, you can damage the ligaments in your ankle, causing them to loosen and weaken. This can lead to ankle instability. Ankle reconstruction is performed to tighten up one or more damaged ligaments outside your ankle to restore stability.

Ankle Scope (Arthroscopy)

Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery that addresses a wide range of issues, including fractures, arthritis, and ankle instability. During the procedure, our surgeons insert a small camera, called an arthroscope, through a small incision to diagnose and repair your damaged ankle.

Fracture Care Surgery

Simple foot and ankle fractures can often heal on their own. However, complex fractures may require surgery to ensure proper healing. The goal of fracture care surgery is to restore proper alignment and function of the foot or ankle so that you can walk properly without pain. Our surgeons will remove or repair damaged soft tissue in the region during the procedure and ensure the broken bones are properly realigned and secured.

Cartilage Restoration

Damaged cartilage in the foot and ankle region can be extremely painful, making it difficult to perform daily activities. Our surgeons perform various procedures to repair damaged cartilage and restore a pain-free life. Depending on the specifics of your injury, this may involve one or more of the following techniques:

  • Grafting – Damaged cartilage is replaced with healthy cartilage from another region of your body
  • Scope debridement – Damaged cartilage is removed
  • Microfracture – Tiny holes are made in the cartilage to stimulate regrowth

Ankle Replacement

Your ankle joint plays an important role in helping your foot move and pivot. If your ankle joint becomes damaged or you develop severe arthritis, it can result in significant pain and restricted foot movement. When conservative forms of treatment aren’t effective, ankle replacement surgery may be necessary to eliminate pain and restore proper function. During the procedure, your damaged ankle joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint.

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Helping You Restore a Pain-Free Life

If a painful foot or ankle injury is impacting your life, Colorado Advanced Orthopedics can help. Our team is committed to delivering the best possible care to help you restore a pain-free life.

Our board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons have the background necessary to deliver the exceptional outcomes you deserve. With the most highly trained and experienced team of orthopedic surgeons in the area, Colorado Advanced Orthopedics is raising the bar for medical care on the Western Slope. At CAO, you can rest assured that your foot or ankle procedure will be performed with the same quality of care as in major metropolitan hospitals.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment. Colorado Advanced Orthopedics serves patients in Meeker and throughout the White River Valley.