The foot is among the most complex parts of the body, and treating an orthopedic foot injury or condition requires skilled and experienced specialists. For complex foot trauma, patients across the Rocky Mountain region turn to the team of orthopedic experts at The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA).

TMCA offers a wide range of treatment options, including non-surgical, surgical and minimally invasive surgical techniques, for treating orthopedic foot injuries and illnesses. We work with each patient to develop an individualized treatment strategy to return the patient to an active lifestyle as efficiently as possible.

Leading Team with Leading Technology

At TMCA, our approach to patient care is team-based and collaborative. We partner with a complete team of leading professionals, including specialized surgeons, nurses, staff and rehabilitation experts to provide comprehensive care through diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

Our leading team works from state-of-the-art, newly renovated ORs with advanced orthopedic surgery technology. Our leading team and leading technology have resulted in outstanding patients outcomes and made us #1 in outpatient satisfaction scores among Denver HealthONE hospitals.

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Interested in learning more about orthopedic foot treatment at TMCA or scheduling an appointment? Please call 303-873-0630.

Foot Conditions We Treat

Conditions In Depth

Bunion

A bunion is a thickened lump at the base of the big toe. It is the result of the movement of the base of the big toe away from the smaller toes. This instability creates joint inflammation and bursitis at the base of the big toe.

Treatment for a bunion can include supportive care, physical therapy, medication and in rare cases, surgery. Your orthopedic specialist may recommend padding the bunion or taping the area to reduce pain, plus wider shoes or shoe inserts to reduce discomfort. Prescription or over-the-counter medications may reduce pain. Surgery to remove the bunion may be needed to relieve the pressure and repair the toe joint, if the other treatments fail. Learn more here.

Calluses and corns

A callus is an abnormal thickening of the top layer of skin. Calluses form on areas that are repeatedly exposed to pressure. They are usually painless or only mildly painful.

A corn is a small, well-defined, thickened area of skin that forms on the toes. Corns put pressure on the underlying skin against the bone. They are usually inflamed and painful.

Treatment of calluses and corns usually include self-care and medication. In severe cases, minor surgery may be necessary. Learn more here.

Dislocated toe

A dislocated toe is a misalignment of the toe bones. A dislocation can also cause injury to the nerves and ligaments that normally keep the bones in place. A dislocated toe may cause severe pain, deformity or displacement of the toe, swelling, numbness or tingling, or difficulty moving the toe.

Emergency care may be needed to safely guide the bone back into place. The doctor can usually guide the bones back in to place by hand. After the toe bones are put back into place, recovery may include support such as taping, a brace or crutches, ice packs, elevation, physical therapy and reduced use during healing. Learn more here.

Foot fracture

A foot fracture is a break in any of the bones in the foot. The foot is made up of 26 small bones. A foot fracture can happen in any foot bone, but metatarsal fractures are the most common.

In order to treat a foot fracture, the orthopedic team at TMCA will put the bones of the foot back in place using surgical or non-surgical methods. Healing from a foot fracture can include over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers, physical therapy, and support devices to immobilize the foot during healing including a splint, walking boot or cast. Learn more here.

Hammer toe

A hammer toe is a toe that tends to remain bent at the middle joint in a claw-like position. A flexible hammer toe can be straightened by hand, while a rigid hammer toe cannot be pulled straight and can be extremely painful.

Treatment for a hammer toe can include splinting the affected toe, switching footwear, or corrective surgery to straighten the joint or repair tendons. Learn more here.

Toe fracture

A toe fracture is a break in a toe bone. The bones in the toes are called phalanges. Proper treatment can prevent long-term complications or problems with the toe, such as immobility or misalignment. At TMCA, treatment for a toe fracture includes putting the bones of the toe back in place, either by hand or through surgical methods.

The recovery process for a toe fracture often involves extra support through taping, a walking boot or a cast. The toe will need time to heal, but complete rest is rarely required. Ice and elevating the leg at rest will help with discomfort and swelling. Learn more here.

Turf toe

Turf toe is a sprain of the base of the big toe where the big toe meets the foot. It is usually a hyperextension sprain of the first joint of the toe. The injury is called turf toe because it often occurs in football and soccer players when playing on artificial turf.

At TMCA, our orthopedic physicians treat turf toe and can athletes back on the field through rest, ice and elevation, and compression. In some cases, a cast or walking boot may be needed. Surgery isn’t typically required unless a piece of bone has been broken off by the injury or the ligament is torn completely. Learn more here.