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Foot & Ankle

Foot & Ankle

Chief: Matthew M. Roberts, MD

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2020 Surgical Volume: 2,895
2020 Published Studies: 38

The 11 surgeons of the HSS Foot and Ankle Service comprise the largest orthopaedic service of its kind in the world, in a field that is generally underserved. The service has a longstanding history and a reputation built upon the outcomes of our clinical service and the caliber of our research, innovation and educational programs. This year, we cared for patients from across the region in need of urgent and emergent foot and ankle care to help alleviate the burden on other institutions that shouldered the bulk of caring for COVID-19 patients.

Recent achievements
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Participants in the Flatfoot Consensus Group meeting

The HSS Foot and Ankle Service strives to be the foremost authority in the field by focusing on patient care, education, research and staff development. Our fellowship program continues to be one of the best in the country, with the primary goal of training and developing future foot and ankle pioneers.

Despite the COVID-19 crisis, this past year’s graduating fellows still averaged 425 cases per year. During our fellowship interviews, we matched three of our top candidates. We were also awarded the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society Wright Medical Grant, which provided us with valuable funds to put toward our fellow’s research and education. Our reputation enables us to attract top talent, further enhancing our leadership position.

We recently implemented the Ankle Fracture Program, which was initiated to streamline access for patients with a diagnosed ankle fracture. Ankle fractures are a common injury and often require surgery. The goal of the program is to provide patients with access to an appointment with an HSS Foot and Ankle surgeon within 48 hours of their initial call, regardless of their insurance coverage. Through this program we have been able to provide patients with necessary care while also improving outcomes.

In November 2019, the Foot and Ankle Service organized the Flatfoot Consensus Group meeting, at which leaders in the field throughout the world came together to discuss current opinion on the management of adult-acquired flatfoot. The group, organized by Scott Ellis, MD, and Jonathan Deland, MD, proposed a new flatfoot classification and even renamed the condition. Together the group wrote a series of articles on the topic, which were published in Foot and Ankle International.

Notable Studies

Fulfillment of Expectations After Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery. Henry JK; Roney AR; Hummel A; Mancuso CA; Cody E; Ellis SJ. Foot Ankle Int. 2019 Nov;40(11):1249-1259. PMID: 31370692

Prescribing Fewer Opioid Pills to Patients Undergoing Foot and Ankle Surgery: A Prospective Comparative Study. Caolo KC; Day J; Marion C; Ray GS; Johnson AH.

Looking ahead

In the upcoming year, we plan to grow and develop the Ankle Replacement Program. The Foot and Ankle Service at HSS has one of the highest volumes of total ankle replacement surgeries (ankle arthroplasty) in the country. Constantine Demetracopoulos, MD, is the Program Director and a national leader in research, education and arthroplasty volume. Additional members of the program include Elizabeth Cody, MD; Jonathan Deland, MD; Scott Ellis, MD; and Martin O’Malley, MD, all of whom specialize in total ankle replacements. We also work closely with the HSS Rehab team to ensure patients receive the necessary care and information regarding the treatment of ankle arthritis.

Our faculty continue to focus on conducting cutting-edge research in the field of foot and ankle care. We have several resources available to assist in the data collection process, one of which is our Rose Registry Program. The registry allows for easy collection of performance outcome measures, which furthers our advancement in treatment methods. We continue to encourage our fellows to conduct as much research as they can during the academic year and will also continue to have a significant presence at both national and international professional conferences.

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