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Division of Foot & Ankle

The Division of Foot & Ankle is currently led by Mark Easley, MDSelene Parekh, MD, MBA; and Samuel B. Adams Jr., MD (pictured left). As one of the country’s top ranked orthopaedic centers, Duke specialists in Raleigh and Durham provide advanced treatment options for every source of foot or ankle pain and injury, and test promising emerging foot therapies and implants to get you back to your active life. We also pioneered ankle replacement surgery, as well as other novel techniques to repair cartilage, tendons and fractures in the ankle bone and ankle joint.

Research being done by the division includes slowing the progression and treating the pain of ankle arthritis, using natural compounds such as curcumin (yellow curry) and resveratrol (grape leaves) to prevent arthritis progression, attempting to find a chemical link between osteoarthritis and depression, using a patient’s own stem cells in the form of bone marrow aspirate to treat soft-tissue and bone problems, using 3D printing to make custom titanium scaffolds to fill bone voids from trauma and other diseases, ankle replacement, and flatfoot reconstruction. Duke Orthopedics is fortunate to have resources available to tackle many challenging questions in the field - ultimately to improve the outcomes and the experiences of our patients.

  • Our unparalleled experience enables our surgeons to treat some of the most complex cases, including ankle replacement
  • We are committed to training future generations of orthopedic surgeons

Our patients benefit from our experience treating the most complex cases, including:

  • Ankle Replacement Surgery: Duke’s ankle surgeons are among the world’s most experienced. We perform more ankle replacement surgeries than anywhere else in the country, and our doctors are part of an orthopaedic program that is consistently ranked among the nation’s best. 
    • As a national pioneer in ankle replacement procedures, Duke has been involved in the testing and evaluation of all four ankle prostheses currently approved for use in the U.S. Our goal is to advance ankle replacement from an experimental technique to a viable option for severe ankle arthritis.
    • About 95 percent of our patients enjoy lasting relief from pain, as well as better mobility, which is why we attract patients from all over the country. Even if you have had ankle fusion to eliminate your ankle pain, you may be a candidate for ankle replacement surgery, which restores some of your normal movement and function.
    • We are constantly working to develop new artificial ankle joints. Our extensive patient database allows us to assess the performance of replacement joints over time. As a result, you will only get a device or undergo a surgical technique that has a solid record of success. 
  • Foot Pain & Foot Injury: An active life requires feet that work well and are free of pain. Our team of foot specialists provide treatment options for a full roster of foot-related pain and foot injuries that can side-line you from your favorite activity. The common conditions we treat include: bunions, claw toes, diabetic foot, foot fractures, foot arthritis, hammer toe, heel pain, heel spurs, ligament and tendon injury, plantar fasciitis, rheumatoid foot disorders, and sports-related foot injuries.
  • Ankle Pain & Ankle Injury: Whether you are sidelined with an ankle injury or the discomfort of arthritis, you’re in good hands at Duke. Our ankle experts offer advanced care for all conditions that affect the ankle including ankle arthritis, ankle fractures, ligament and tendon injuries including tendonitis, Achilles tendon rupture, Achilles tendinopathy, sports injuries and defects in the ankle bone. Our doctors evaluate your individual needs and offer personalized treatment programs designed to get you back on your feet as soon as possible.

When you come to us for treatment of your foot & ankle pain, you receive care from nationally recognized medical professionals who are committed to your complete recovery. Duke is consistently ranked as one of the top orthopaedic programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

We invite you to learn more about our program by visiting: https://www.dukemedicine.org/treatments/orthopaedics

Ready for an appointment? Call today at: 855-855-6484