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Setting the Standard for Lower Extremity Care

You move through life with optimism and strength. But if your feet, ankles or legs start to hurt, you might find it hard to do the things you love. We’re here to help you find relief from your pain and discomfort with advanced treatments and compassionate care.

Better Care. Better Results.

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                        Leaders Moving Orthopedic Care Forward

Leaders Moving Orthopedic Care Forward

Pioneering is in our DNA. It’s why we were the first team in the state to explore arthroscopic surgeries — and why we’ve performed more orthopedic surgeries than anyone else in Florida.

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                        Recover Faster With Minimally Invasive Surgery

Recover Faster With Minimally Invasive Surgery

Get back to your daily routine sooner with minimally invasive surgical options that are safer, faster and reduce pain and scarring. 

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                        Pioneering Treatments

Pioneering Treatments

To help restore your stability and comfort after an ankle fracture, physicians in our institute have pioneered advanced treatments, like the fibula
intramedullary nail.

Connected Orthopedic & Podiatric Care

Every part of your body is connected, helping you walk, skip and run through life. If an injury or illness affects your feet or legs, it affects all of you — from a limp that makes your back hurt to ankle pain that leaves you feeling unsteady. Trust our whole-person orthopedic and podiatric care to help relieve your pain, soothe your mind and lift your spirit.
 

It’s normal to get sore feet, ankles and legs from time to time. You might feel an ache in your muscles after exercise or want to take the weight off your feet after a long day. But if your pain doesn’t go away or grows worse over time, schedule an appointment and we’ll get to the root of the problem. Some signs that you may need treatment include: 

  • Being Unable to Walk or Put Weight on the Affected Leg
  • Fever
  • Open Wounds 
  • Severe Pain and Swelling
  • Signs of Infection, Including Warmth and Redness
  • Swelling in Both Legs 
  • Visible Bone

Chronic heel pain is one of the most common conditions our patients seek help for, and there are many non-invasive techniques we can use to provide relief. Another common condition — the leading cause of disability among adults in the U.S. — is arthritis. Arthritis may cause pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and even the connective tissues. Whenever possible, we treat arthritis with regenerative medicine, like stem cell injections, to address the root cause of the condition.
 
Our lower extremity experts will take the time to get to know you and build your personalized care plan. This goes beyond medicine or procedures alone. Whether you want support boosting your fitness or losing weight, or you just need some guidance on which shoes are best for your feet, we’re here for you. Sometimes we can recommend a few simple lifestyle changes to ease your pain and avoid future injuries. Your comfort and whole-person wellness are our priority.
 

If surgery is right for you, know that you’re in good hands. To help you recover faster and with less scarring, we use minimally invasive procedures whenever possible. You’ll find the support you need from day one, from prehabilitation before your procedure to help you ease any limp, to physical therapy for long-term wellness after you return home. We’ll also be here to answer all your questions and ease your mind, because we want to do everything we can to keep you comfortable and relaxed. 

Within our network, physicians have pioneered leading-edge orthopedic and podiatric surgeries. This includes the fibula intramedullary nail for ankle fractures, an effective alternative to traditional procedures that means you won’t need additional surgeries, and the Intramedullary Skeletal Kinetic Distractor (ISKD), a safe limb-lengthening treatment that can help naturally increase your height. Other surgeries we offer include:

  • Ankle Fracture Surgery
  • Ankle Fusion Surgery (Tibiotalar Arthrodesis)
  • Arthroscopic Joint Repair
  • Bone Grafts
  • Brachymetatarsia Surgery
  • Deformity Correction
  • Flatfoot Reconstruction
  • Limb Lengthening
  • Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery
  • Total Ankle Joint Replacement


At AdventHealth, formerly Florida Hospital, Orthopedic Institute, we’re proud to have made great progress in improving the limb salvage procedure for debilitating musculoskeletal conditions. This advanced surgery can be a life-changing alternative to amputation, helping save your limb and boost your quality of life. To support your emotional well-being throughout this journey, your multidisciplinary care team can include psychologists, rehabilitation specialists, social workers and other compassionate and dedicated experts. We’ll always be by your side.

The bones, muscles, joints and tendons that support you and help you move deserve the highest standard of care. If something feels wrong, we’re here, ready to support your wellness with a fast and accurate diagnosis and expert treatments. Our skilled and knowledgeable team is experienced in caring for a wide range of orthopedic and podiatric conditions, including:

  • Ankle Fractures
  • Arthritis, Including Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis 
  • Bone Infections (Osteomyelitis)
  • Bunion and Hammertoe Correction
  • Diabetes-Related Deformities
  • Foot Deformities, Including Flat Feet
  • Heel Fractures
  • Heel Pain
  • Leg Length Discrepancy 
  • Malunion (Fractures That Heal Incorrectly)
  • Nerve Entrapment and Neuropathies
  • Nonunion (Fractures That Heal Incompletely)
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Rheumatic Diseases, Including Lupus and Gout
  • Sports Injuries and Fractures
  • Tendon/Ligament Tears and Ruptures
  • Tibia Fractures
  • Wear and Tear (Overuse Injuries)
  • Wound Care

One complication of injuries and surgeries is osteomyelitis, an infection of the bones that can cause them to decay. Physicians within our network are nationally recognized for their pioneering approach to diagnosing and caring for bone infections early, before they can spread. Trust your care team to help guide you toward a life of comfort, mobility and wellness. 
 

Even a small accident like a sports injury or fall can put your life on hold. For traumas big and small, we’re here to get you back to your normal routine as soon as possible with expert care. Our institute includes renowned trauma specialists, all dedicated to helping care for you quickly and effectively, relieving your pain and restoring your range of motion. 

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At every turn, whenever you need us, we’ll be here. As you recover from your surgery or condition, our comprehensive rehabilitation program is designed to help you achieve your health goals. You don’t want to wait to find support and care, which is why we offer direct access to physical therapy. You’ll be able to schedule an appointment with us when you need it, rather than waiting for a referral. (Most insurances accepted for direct access. Please call to confirm.)

Along with expert physicians, your multidisciplinary team will include physical therapists and sports medicine specialists, all committed to supporting your whole-person wellness. To care for your individual needs, your rehabilitation plan will be built entirely around you. This can include physical therapy, massage and fitness programs. Your care team will work closely with you throughout your journey, so you can get back to the full and active life you deserve. 

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Specialists Who Support You

Gerald Bornstein, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Joseph A. Conte, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Robert Theron Hoover II, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Kenneth A. Krumins, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon, Sports Medicine Physician
Matthew Martincevic, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Lisa Newcomb Alaish, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Joshua Ross Britt, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Steven C. Choung, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon, Sports Medicine Physician
Tara Lynette Fussell, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
John A. Papa, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon
Eugene Michael Pascarella Jr., DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Matthew Frank Villani, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Curtis Blake Wagner, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Barbara Bunster, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Lisa B. Crigler, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
John G. Durham, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Robert J. Estrada, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Howard Bruce Finkelstein, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Gideon Jawaharlal Lewis, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Jason Kyle Luttrell, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Jawad Abdul Malik, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Christopher Mason, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Duane F. McRorie, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
David B. Moats, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Andres Mauricio Perez, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Kathleen A. Pulsifer, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Christopher L. Reeves, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Luis J. Sanchez-Robles, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Larissa McDonough Schmidt, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Amber M. Shane, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Caroline Elizabeth Smith, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Michael E. Smith, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Larry A. Suecof, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Todd C. Talbert, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon
Paul Brian Thurston, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon

Referral-Free Care

You want to start getting better faster. We want you to feel in control of your health. That's why you no longer need a referral to see one of our direct access physical therapists. If your insurance allows, you can make an appointment with any physical therapist you want, whenever you want.

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Our Locations. Your Options.

As interconnected pieces of one of the most comprehensive orthopedic care networks in Florida, every one of our Central Florida locations contributes to the strength of the AdventHealth Orthopedic Institute. Our dedicated team will help you explore your options and find the right fit, so you’re in the best setting to get the care you need.

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Imaging & Evaluation

When you have an injury or chronic condition, you want to know exactly what’s happening below the surface. Our state-of-the-art imaging centers, accredited by the American College of Radiology, enable us to effectively detect and diagnose your issue, monitor your healing progress and clear you to resume your favorite activities.