Foot & Ankle Care
The importance of the foot and ankle in our daily activities cannot be overstated. With its 26 bones, multiple joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments, the foot allows for complex movements and the flexibility needed for motion and balance. In addition, its connection to the lower leg at the ankle affords us the ability to run, jump, stand on our toes and ride a bike.
The complexity of these structures and the tremendous forces placed on them as we walk, jump, twist and turn make the foot and ankle vulnerable to a variety of injuries and deformities. Some of the more common injuries and conditions include:
- Acquired deformities, such as Arthritis (foot ankle, great toe), Bunions and Hammertoes;
- Structural conditions such as Flatfeet and High-Arched Feet;
- Injuries and trauma such as sprains, fractures, and cartilage lesions; and
- Ligament and tendon pain and instability, such as Achilles Tendon tears and ruptures.
Orthopaedic surgeon and fellowship-trained foot-and-ankle specialist Dr. Natalie Nielsen and her team use the latest techniques and treatment methods to address a broad range of foot and ankle conditions that can occur at any stage of life. From newborns to adolescents, young adults to seniors, Dr. Nielsen provides her patients with the latest conservative modalities (medications, orthotics, physical therapy and exercise) to treat a range of complex problems. And when surgery is needed, Dr. Nielsen offers her patients the most advanced surgical techniques employed in foot and ankle repair/reconstruction today, including:
- 1st MTP fusion
- Cartiva implants
- Bunion (lapidus or scarf)
- Metatarsal fractures
- Sesamoid excision
- Midfoot fusions for arthritis
- Lisfranc fractures
- Flatfoot reconstruction
- Triple Arthrodesis
- Subtalar fusion
- Cavus foot reconstruction
- Calcaneus fractures
- Achilles rupture
- Achilles tendinosis
- Ankle Fusion
- Ankle replacement
- OATS (talus)
- Ankle fractures
- Peroneal tendon injury
- Ankle arthroscopy
- Talus microfracture/biocartilage
- Gastrocnemius recession
In the News
Join us in congratulating Dr. Natalie Nielsen in becoming Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery!
ABOS Board Certification “is yet one more assurance for patients and their families — before and after surgery. Studies point to better outcomes, decreased infection rates and reduced time away from home when surgery is performed by a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon”1.
Board certification is voluntary process beyond medical licensure. A Board Certified physician must meet certain educational requirements. Certification first consists of two phases. The first phase is a timed exam of approximately 320 multiple choice questions covering all of orthopaedics. After passing this exam, the physician is considered Board Eligible. The second phase is an oral exam, for which all surgical cases performed during a six-month period are submitted for review by the volunteer Board Certified orthopaedic surgeons. Twelve cases are selected for the oral exam presentation. The cases are independently graded and scrutinized by examiners on many levels. Once a physician passes the second phase, they are Board Certified for a period of 10 years.