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Foot and Ankle

The region’s most comprehensive foot and ankle care

Injuries and conditions affecting the foot and ankle are among the most common orthopaedic problems, and the most debilitating. Erlanger Orthopaedics offers a range of advanced solutions specifically focused on lower extremity problems—from next-generation arthroscopic procedures to groundbreaking total ankle replacement. At Erlanger you’ll received care from teaching physicians who have made significant national contributions to the field of foot and ankle surgery and research. They will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan. And whether this plan is non-surgical or surgical, our focus will be to improve your quality of life.

Our goals are to:

  • Bring relief from pain and discomfort
  • Maximize your mobility
  • Help you return to an active lifestyle and doing the things you love

A First-Ever Certification in Total Ankle Replacement

Erlanger is the first health system in the country to achieve certification for Total Ankle Replacement from DNV-GL, a world-leading certification organization. Based on American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) guidelines, this certification recognizes program excellence in patient care and outcomes. Prior to Erlanger’s certification, DNV-GL did not have a Total Ankle Replacement certification. The two organizations worked together to create a certification dedicated to benefit patients through quality care, positive outcomes, and increased patient safety. 

Foot and Ankle Specialists

Richard Alvarez, MD

Professor, Prog. Dir. of Orthopaedic Surgery, Foot and Ankle Specialist

Jesse Doty, MD
Jesse Doty, MD

Assistant Professor, Foot and Ankle Specialist

Jessica McLendon, PA-C
Josh Porter, PA-C

PA to Dr. Jesse Doty; Foot & Ankle Specialist

Jessica McLendon, PA-C
Jessica McLendon, PA-C

PA to Dr. Richard Alvarez; Foot & Ankle Specialist

Ankle Surgery Education

Total Ankle Replacement Patient Education Manual

Ankle Surgery Education Video Series (below) - Click the video menu icon (upper left corner) to view all videos in the series.

For more information, download our Foot and Ankle brochure (PDF)

From Our Patients

“Dr. Alvarez is a great doctor. I can't imagine going to another doctor that cares and takes his time to care for my medical needs. Thank you Dr. Alvarez, you're great!”

“I am thrilled (with my ankle resurfacing from Dr. Jesse Doty). It’s so much better already in four weeks. I was in a walking boot with full weight-bearing at two and half weeks, which is amazing.  So, I am very happy and it’s healing very well.”