Foot/Ankle Specialists

Foot and Ankle Pain

Because ankles provide support to your leg and foot, they are unfortunately prone to pain and injury.  Foot and ankle pain can be mild or severe but should always be checked before the injury gets worse.  The orthopaedic surgeons at Performance Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine have the experience and training to diagnose and treat the source of foot and ankle pain.

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Common Foot & Ankle Injuries:

Many Americans suffer from foot and ankle injuries. Common types of injuries include

  • Fractures or Broken Ankles
  • Gout
  • Sprains – Stretched or torn ligament(s)
  • Strains – Stretched or torn muscles or tendons
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Arthritis

It’s quite common for ankle injuries to happen while playing sports or walking on uneven surfaces. Ankles can be twisted and turned easily in these cases and result in broken bones that can hinder your active, daily life for several months.

Gout is actually a kind of arthritis. Sudden burning pain, swelling in your joint or big toe, and stiffness are all characteristic of attacks of gout. Gout is treatable, though, and our physicians have experience helping gout patients.

With both sprains and strains, patients often experience pain, a limited range of motion, and swelling. Minor sprains and strains may be treated at home, but if you are feeling numb or unable to walk without pain, consult the physicians at Performance Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine for help.

Achilles tendinitis is inflammation in the tissue that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Though it’s typically a result of a sports injury, overuse or intense exercise can also cause tendinitis. Often, a physical therapy treatment plan will help to relieve the pain.

  • Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis

Osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage becomes worn and frayed and your ankles experience more swelling, pain, and inflammation. Normally this condition worsens over time and with age.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a complicated inflammatory disease that can affect the foot or ankle in which one’s immune system destroys cartilage.

Normally this type of arthritis happens after a foot or ankle injury like a fracture, sprain, or ligament injury. It can sometimes develop many years after an injury.

Treatment Options

  1. Whether conservative treatment options or surgical treatment options, our orthopaedic surgeons can provide you with the best treatment course following a proper examination.
  2. Our orthopaedic specialties include:
    • Knee
    • Shoulder
    • Hip
    • Hand & Wrist
    • Elbow

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Dr. Diehl always listens and takes the most conservative approach for the injury rather than surgery first. He’s taken care of several of my sprains & falls. Highly recommend.


I really like Dr. Maurer. He is so down-to-earth and honest. I’ve learned to trust his advice and guidance because he cares about his patients.


Scheduling was quick, office staff was friendly and efficient and nurse and x-ray tech were friendly and thorough. Dr. Lessner was prompt and friendly. He made us feel comfortable and explained everything clearly and thoroughly.


This has been one of the best medical care experiences I’ve had, from our initial consultation to post-op visits to physical therapy. Dr. Diehl and his team are a very caring, friendly, and professional group. I had a left knee injury (meniscus and ACL tears). Thank you!!


Very impressed with Dr. Lessner. Very thorough and listened to me. He gave me multiple treatment options and involved me in the decision making. Highly recommend!


Dr. Diehl was very kind and caring. I don’t think there is a person in this office who is not professional and personable. They go above and beyond for their patients.