Foot and Ankle Orthopedics

Foot and Ankle Orthopedic Care in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois

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Video one: Kurt Konkel, MD, discusses several foot conditions and their treatment offerings.
Video two: John Schuller, MD, explains how the foot influences lower extremity biomechanics.


Foot and ankle orthopedic problems affect one of six persons in the United States. From plantar fasciitis and stress fractures to complications caused by diabetes, the physicians at Aurora Health Care treat all conditions related to the foot and ankle.

Many of our foot and ankle orthopedic surgeons are fellowship trained, which means they have additional training—beyond medical school and residency—with a dedicated focus on the treatment of foot and ankle orthopedics. Only about 30 percent of all physicians elect to pursue fellowship training to become subspecialists.

Because our foot and ankle orthopedic surgeons have such a high level of expertise, they can often diagnose conditions based on experience and examinations, as opposed to ordering costly diagnostic tests such as MRIs or CT scans.

Once diagnosed, foot and ankle orthopedic conditions don't always require surgical treatment. In fact, with rare exceptions, almost every foot and ankle orthopedic condition can be treated with a non-surgical option such as physical therapy or the use of orthotics. The decision to move forward with surgery is often based on whether those more conservative, non-surgical treatments have been effective. Our highly trained foot and ankle orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists work with you as a coordinated team to evaluate your options for treatment.

Foot and Ankle Orthopedic Treatments

Foot and ankle orthopedic treatments offered by Aurora include:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Diabetic foot treatment
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) treatment
  • Physical therapy
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sprains and fracture treatment
  • Total ankle replacement