Ankle Doctor


Dedicated to serving the orthopedic needs of Columbus, North Vernon, Seymour, Greensburg, and the surrounding areas since 1976, Southern Indiana Orthopedics offers exceptional ankle care from our specialty-trained ankle doctors so you can get stronger.

A hurt ankle can quickly take you off your feet. If you're an athlete, that hurt ankle can take you out of the game or lead to further injury. Without the proper treatment, your ankle injury or condition may not get any better. The good news for patients is that these injuries don't have to last. The right diagnosis and care from a specialty-trained ankle doctor can get you back to full mobility.

An ankle specialist, such as an orthopedic surgeon specializing in ankle care, is a physician with the medical training and skill necessary to help patients with ankle pain. These surgeons provide treatment options for a number of ankle conditions to get you back on your feet.

Some of the most common ankle issues that our foot and ankle team diagnose include:

  • Achilles tendon ruptures
  • Ankle arthritis or arthritis of small joints in the foot and toes
  • Bone spurs
  • Broken bones, fractures, or stress fractures
  • Bunions
  • Deformities
  • Diabetic complications
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sprains or ankle sprains
  • Tendonitis (tendinitis)
  • Torn ligaments

Advanced Ankle Care in Columbus, North Vernon, Seymour & Greensburg

When patients visit our ankle surgeons, the first step is a diagnosis. This process can involve X-rays of that patient's ankle or the use of our on-site MRI services. Once one of our doctors diagnoses the cause of the patient's ankle and/or foot pain, the next step is recommending the best options for medical or surgical intervention. Often, nonsurgical treatment options are viable. Some of these options include the use of orthotics or medication for pain management prescribed by your doctor. Sometimes, ice, heat, pressure, and rest can allow the ankle to heal on its own. Additionally, physical therapy can be used to correct your issue or ensure your ankle heals quickly and correctly after ankle surgery.

For more serious ankle injuries—including serious fractures, tendon ruptures, or severe cases of arthritis—ankle surgery or a foot procedure may be required. Our ankle specialists will work with you to find the best surgical solution to address your injury or pain to get you back on your feet without pain.

If surgery is required, our surgeons are trained and experienced in performing the latest procedures and techniques, including arthroscopy, ankle fracture surgery, and surgery to correct Achilles tendon ruptures.

Ankle conditions can often be serious, which is why our doctors recommend seeking the proper treatment sooner rather than later. In particular, we recommend seeking treatment for your ankle and foot problems if they are keeping you from your daily activities, if they don't clear up after a couple of days, or if they do not respond to home remedies.

When you're ready to get stronger, consult with one of our specialty-trained ankle surgeons to take your first step toward healing with your comprehensive, individualized treatment plan. Call (812) 376-9353 or request an appointment online to see our foot and ankle specialists in Columbus, North Vernon, Seymour, or Greensburg.

We also offer ankle, foot, sports medicine, and general musculoskeletal care at our urgent care clinic in Columbus, where walk-ins are welcome and no appointment is necessary.

Orthopedic Urgent Care

With a dedication to providing exceptional, experienced orthopedic and podiatric care, we have developed our Online Guide to Foot & Ankle Care to provide patients with further information about their injuries and conditions and the treatments available to them. To access our guide, use the button below.

Access Our Foot & Ankle Guide

The Strength of Experience at Southern Indiana Orthopedics

At Southern Indiana Orthopedics, we have the expertise and technology to provide exceptional orthopedic care dedicated to making you stronger. Our surgeons and doctors, including our orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons, have extensive, specialized knowledge, training, and experience to provide the treatment you need to reach your goals. Our ankle specialists, Dr. Douglas Federle, Dr. Cary Guse, Dr. Matthew LovellDr. Eric Tannenbaum, and Dr. Sean Wilson, are all board-certified or fellowship-trained and are dedicated to serving your individual needs with compassion and exceptional care.

If you have a condition related to your foot or ankle, consider making an appointment with one of our ankle doctors. Don't allow your foot or ankle problem to go undiagnosed or untreated. Return to a pain-free life, and to full mobility, by calling (812) 376-9353 to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online and be seen at our main location in Columbus or at our North Vernon, Seymour, or Greensburg outreach clinics.