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Department of foot surgery

Dr. med. Hans-Peter Abt
foot surgery

About the department

The department of foot surgery at St. Elisabethen Hospital Frankfurt am Main offers a full range of conservative and surgical treatments for all clinical manifestations leading to limited movement in the foot. An exceptional number of bones and tendons interact in the foot and ankle joint, which requires enormous special knowledge to treat them in case of illness. Therefore, much time is devoted to the diagnosis and an individual assessment of which conservative or operative measure makes more sense in the department. The main focus is on the restoration of orthopaedic and traumatic displacements. All modern surgical procedures and techniques are available and adapted to each patient's individual needs. The department's patients benefit significantly from the possibilities of minimally invasive treatment and the continuous improvement of modern implants with angular stability. As a result, specialists can now minimize the movement restrictions associated with surgery.

The department offers a wide range of treatment options for foot and ankle diseases of all types and degrees of severity. Finding the proper treatment for each patient is a top priority for the department. Where it makes sense, the conservative spectrum is always exhausted first, such as through medication or physical therapy. In operational terms, the department has all the modern possibilities, from arthroscopic interventions to joint arthroplasty. Doctors also work with cartilage damage methods such as bone grafting or cartilage cell culture.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Incorrect positions and deformations of the foot (as a result of accidents, injuries, age-related, congenital)
  • Diseases and instability of the Achilles tendon 
  • Disorders of tendons and ligaments of the foot, ankle and lower leg
  • Malpositions and deformities of the toes (Hallux valgus, hammertoes, claw toes)
  • Bent and flat feet, bursitis, bursitis and clubfoot
  • Peripheral nerve injury 
  • Nerve compression syndromes
  • Foot problems associated with rheumatism
  • Osteoarthritis of the foot and ankle
  • Consequences of accidents on the foot and ankle joint
  • Foot lesions in diabetes mellitus and neurological diseases
  • Children's foot problems


  • Anamnesis 
  • Laboratory and biochemical tests 
  • Physical examination
  • X-ray 
  • Computed tomography (CT) 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) 
  • Ultrasound examination 


  • Drug therapy 
  • Pain therapy 
  • Physical therapy 
  • Arthroscopic interventions (joint arthroplasty) 
  • Cartilage bone grafting 
  • Cartilage cell culture
  • Reconstructive surgery 
  • Foot fracture surgery 
  • Toe deformity correction surgery 
  • Open surgery
  • Laser treatment 
  • Physiotherapy
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Doctor profile


  • Studied medicine at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
  • Training at BG Unfallklinik Murnau
  • Training at the Clinic for General Surgery Bad Homburg
  • Specialized training in orthopaedics at the University Hospital Friedrichsheim Frankfurt am Main
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