Foot & Ankle

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Our foot and ankle specialists work as a multidisciplinary team to evaluate, diagnose, and treat a  wide array of foot and ankle conditions — from everyday sprains and bunions, to the most complex non-healing fractures and arthritis.

Our orthopedic surgeons are board-certified and have received advanced fellowship training specifically for foot and ankle disorders in addition to their five year residency in orthopedic surgery. Learn more about why you should choose an orthopedic surgeon for foot and ankle care, especially if you are considering surgery.

Commonly Treated Conditions

  • Reconstruction of arthritic joints and deformities
  • Tendon/ligament injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Trauma, including simple or complex fractures of the ankle and foot
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Congenital deformities
  • Flat foot deformity
  • Tendonitis
  • Heel pain (plantar fasciitis)
  • Interdigital neuromas
  • Neuromuscular deformities including foot drop or deformities caused by nerve or muscle imbalance
  • Overuse injuries

Treatment Approach

We diagnose and treat all foot and ankle problems, from sports-related injuries to deformity correction. We train the next generation of foot and ankle surgeons and use evidence-based medicine to determine the most appropriate treatment options and procedures, using conservative treatment and advanced surgical techniques when necessary.  

Innovative techniques include: 

  • Shockwave therapy for chronic heel pain
  • Minimal incision surgical treatment to repair acute Achilles tendon ruptures as well as calcaneus
    (heel) fractures
  • Surgical treatment for osteoarthritis of the great toe (without fusion)
  • Total ankle joint replacement for ankle arthritis
  • Tendon transfer procedures for correction of foot drop

We offer comprehensive services through outpatient or inpatient (hospital-based) care or at several locations across the St. Louis area in the most appropriate setting for each patient. Rehabilitation services are readily available in both inpatient and outpatient settings and focus on pain relief, mobility and improved function.

Research & Clinical Trials

For information on current clinical trials related to orthopedics, or to make an appointment with a specialist with Washington University Orthopedics, please call (314) 514-3500 or toll free (866) 867-3627.

Meet Our Team

Jeremy McCormick, MD

Chief, Foot and Ankle Service

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Andrew Thome, MD 

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Michele Mueller, MSN, RN, FNP-C

Family Nurse Practitioner

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Stacey Scrogin, MSN, RN, FNP-C

Family Nurse Practitioner

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Patient Stories

Gordon Philpott

Gordon Philpott - Ankle Replacement, Tendon Transfer, Foot Correction

When fly-fishing is your lifelong passion, you let nothing hold you back – not even complex total ankle replacement surgery. Dr. Gordon Philpott underwent surgery at age 76, and less than a year later he was back to fly-fishing on the Big Horn River in Montana. “It was wonderful to be back in the water… I’m thinking of new places to fish all of the time.”

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