The department of orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation features an array of specialties, such as trauma surgery, sports medicine, general orthopaedics, and hand and upper extremity. At UF Health North, sports medicine physicians offer platelet-rich plasma injections as a regenerative treatment option. These injections use a patient’s own platelets to stimulate and accelerate the healing process.
The department’s foot and ankle division encompasses the disciplines of forefoot surgery, rearfoot reconstruction and limb salvage. The Vertical Foot Alignment System, or VFAS, is now in use at UF Health Emerson Medical Plaza, where personnel provide high-quality orthotic devices to ease pain and improve biomechanical function during ambulation. VFAS allows for orthotics to be manufactured and dispensed during a single office visit. This is a tremendous benefit, given that typical orthotic preparation is lab-based and can take several weeks or months.
Also of note for the foot and ankle division: Christine Miller, D.P.M., D.M.M., Ph.D., is one of only three podiatrists in North America certified in forensic gait analysis by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.