Foot and Ankle
Care Pathway

A path to enhanced movement

Every patient’s treatment journey is unique. The diagram to the right provides a brief overview of what you can expect your path to look like at the Edmonton Bone and Joint Centre. Press one of the titles below to get more information on the different stages of your journey.

Additional Information

What to Expect from Your Appointment

The Edmonton Bone and Joint Centre is responsible for seeing all foot and ankle patients in the Edmonton region. As such, once your referral is accepted, you will see an assessment physician who will determine the type of care you may need. Topics they will discuss with you will include:

  • Your medical history (medical conditions/surgeries you may have had)
  • The history of your foot or ankle problem, including when and how it started, how long it has persisted for, how the pain is, etc.
  • Treatments you have undergone for your foot or ankle problem (injections, physical therapy, procedures)
  • Investigations that have been conducted for your foot or ankle problem

Based on this information, they will then come up with a treatment plan and determine whether follow-up with them is necessary. This may include further tests, injections, or physical therapy. If they conclude that surgery is necessary to resolve your foot and ankle issue, you will be referred to a foot and ankle surgeon.

Preparing for Your Appointment

  • If you have not had X-rays of your foot or ankle taken in the past 6 months, use the requisition sent along with your appointment letter to have new ones taken. This requisition can be used at ANY X-ray clinic in Alberta.
    • We will be able to view these on the computer once they have been taken. MRIs are NOT a substitute for X-rays.
  • Have all the information you need ready and available, including:
    • A list of the medications you are currently taking (their names and doses)
    • A list of the treatments you have had for your foot/ankle problem (injections, bracing, procedures, physical therapy)
  • Make sure you bring the following:
    • A piece of government-issued photo ID (like a driver’s license)
    • Your Alberta Health Care card

Please allow ample time for your appointment. Our assessment physicians work hard to stay on schedule, however, surgical patients sometimes require extra time.

Some assessment physicians are doing telephone appointments. For more information on how to prepare for your virtual appointment, please see our Guide to Virtual Appointments.

If you have questions regarding your assessment appointment, please contact our Foot and Ankle Medical Office Assistant at (780) 377-1436. Need to cancel your appointment? Please call or leave a message at (780) 377-1436. No-shows will be charged $75.00.

You’ve been referred to a foot and ankle surgeon – what does this mean?

This indicates that the assessment physician feels that you need the opinion of a surgeon. This does NOT mean that you will be having surgery – it is you and the surgeon who make that decision.

The current wait time to see a foot and ankle surgeon has increased to more than three years. The surgeon’s office will contact you about a month before your appointment. Do not contact the surgeon’s office. If you have questions or concerns about your referral, please call us at 780-377-1436.

What should I do while waiting to see the surgeon?

Manage your health concerns. Conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea (severe snoring), high blood pressure and poor diabetes control (high HgBA1C) may delay your surgery. If you are overweight, you may need to lose weight before a surgeon will consider operating on you. Check out our Empower Yourself page for more information and contact your family doctor regarding any health concerns.

What should I do about possible pain in my foot/ankle?

Work with your family doctor, who knows you best, to determine which anti-inflammatory/pain medication is best for you. The Edmonton Bone and Joint Centre DOES NOT prescribe medication.


  • If you are being sent for further testing (MRI, CT, Ultrasound, or Injection) phone the clinic to book your follow-up appointment once the test is completed (injection follow-ups take place 6-8 weeks after your injection appointment). Phone (780) 377-1436 to book the appointment.
  • If you have not heard from our office in regard to your MRI or CT scan appointment within 3 weeks of your appointment in our clinic, phone our office at (780) 377-1436 for the status of this appointment.
  • If the Foot and Ankle Assessor has decided you need to be seen by a surgeon, you have been referred to the NEXT AVAILABLE surgeon. The current wait time is MORE THAN THREE (3) YEARS for an appointment with the surgeon.