Foot & Ankle Associates recently sponsored a table at the 1st Annual GoBeyond Challenge on November 7, 2015. Dr. Joe Ades and Dr. Francesca Zappasodi participated at the event.  GoBeyond is a rundraising arm of Above & Beyond.  To learn more about the mission of Above & Beyond, please visit the website at  Foot & Ankle Associates has locations in Huntersville, Mooresville and the University area to serve all of your foot and ankle needs.  Please feel free to contact the office at (704) 662-3660 to make an appointment or request an appointment via our website homepage.

By Dr. Adam Shapiro
August 12, 2015
Category: Podiatry
Tags: New Physician  

We are proud to introduce our newest physician at Foot & Ankle Associates, Dr. Francesca Zappasodi.

Dr. Zappasodi recently moved from Orlando, Florida where she completed a three-year surgical residency program in foot and ankle surgery at Florida Hospital East Orlando.  She also served as chief resident during her surgical training at the well-regarded podiatric residency program in Florida.  Her surgical training included areas such as ankle arthroscopy, flatfoot reconstruction, and lower extremity trauma.

She is experienced in the non-surgical and surgical treatment of athletic injuries, arthritis, flatfeet, diabetic foot conditions, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, ingrown toenails and other foot and ankle conditions.

Dr. Zappasodi received her graduate degree, doctor of podiatric medicine, at Des Moines University in 2012 and received her undergraduate degree in Microbiology & Molecular biology at the University of Central Florida in 2008.

Dr. Zappasodi is Board Qualified in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, is an Associate of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and is a member of the North Carolina Foot and Ankle Society and the American Podiatric Medical Association.

In her free time, she enjoys long distance running and has participated in several half and full marathons.

Dr. Zappasodi has privileges at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville and Novant Hospital in Huntersville.

Dr. Zappasodi is currently accepting new patients at our Mooresville and Huntersville clinics.  Please feel free to call the office at (704) 662-3660 to schedule an appointment.

By James Robinson, DPM
December 12, 2013
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Flat Feet  

Hyprocure Implant for Flat Feet 

The shape of your feet and its effects on foot function has been well documented.  Specifically Flat Feet can cause an increase pressure in the soft tissues that support the twenty eight plus bones in one’s feet.  Flat Feet has been shown to increase the stress experienced because of abnormal shape and abnormal motion (excessive pronation). If you ever had any kind pain in your feet, you know that persistent pain can also lead to compensation and overuse of other parts of your feet, ankles or legs.  Multiply this by the reported 5000-10,000 steps taken day to day, and you have a recipe for chronic pain.  Flat Feet have been linked to Bunion Deformities, Joint Pain, Posterior Tibial Tendinitis, Plantar Fasciiits/Heel Spur Syndrome, Achilles Tendonitis, Stress Fractures and even Ingrown toenails to name several foot and ankle problems. 

Unfortunately, Flat Feet can significantly affect your quality of life.  Many working hours have been lost to chronic pain associated with flatfeet, especially those that have to stand on their feet for the majority of their job.  Athletes often have to miss time with their respective sports because of issues associated with flatfeet.  As we have seen in our practice, this problem can also affect children and can significantly impact their activities of daily living, resulting in tired legs, muscle fatigue, arch pain, and heel pain. Having Flat feet certainly increases the chances of having foot related issues at one point in time.

Typical non surgery related treatments include rigorous stretching, over-the-counter inserts, custom made orthotics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory and steroidal anti-inflammatory oral medications, physical therapy and, steroid injections.   Treatment considerations are dependent on what your foot and ankle specialist finds during his or her clinical examination.  Here at The  Foot and Ankle Associates, we offer many treatment options before procedures. Sometimes, however, these treatments are not enough despite exhausting conservative therapy.

 A relatively simple option available to some patients is a device called Hyprocure.  Think of this as an internal orthotic. The Hyprocure Implant is a device that can help some patients slow or stop the chronic pain cycle they experience from their flatfeet.  Studies have shown this device capable of blocking abnormal motion and decreasing the stress placed on the joints, bones, ligaments and tendons of your feet. It is a titanium alloy device that helps with the positioning of foot, preventing a bone that is part of your ankle joint from collapsing .With local anesthesia and IV sedation, this device can be easily placed within your foot in less than 15 minutes.

 Not everyone is a candidate for this device and your doctor at the Foot and Ankle Associates Clinics can help you make this determination.  Some people’s feet have experienced too many adaptive changes for so long that they cannot have this device without additional procedures.  Even if you are not a candidate for this procedure, your Foot and Ankle Associates Doctor, with his or her expertise or associated doctors within the practice, could help improve your lifestyle.


By Joe Ades, DPM
April 03, 2012
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Orthotics  


Do you have pain in your feet?  Have you ever tried an orthotic to treat this pain?  Many people have bought orthotics or shoe inserts from a sporting goods store or drug store to try and treat their foot pain and for many people these temporary generic orthotics do provide some relief.  But for others this does not meet their pain relief expectations.  For these people a custom made orthotic from a foot and ankle specialist may be indicated. 


Custom orthotics from a foot and ankle specialist can be used to treat a plethora of foot and ankle ailments.  Some of these indications include but are not limited to plantar fasciitis (heel or arch pain), Achilles tendon pain, bunions, hammertoes, neuroma, athletic injuries, calluses, and corns to name a few.  Custom orthotics place your foot in an ideal position for your body to function in and can relieve pain throughout your body. 


Not all “custom” orthotics are the same.  Only a medical professional specializing in foot and ankle pathology, such as a podiatrist, can truly analyze your feet for subtle biomechanical abnormalities and design the correct custom orthotic for you. 


Don’t be fooled by poor imitations claiming to be “custom” orthotics, make an appointment today with our physicians Dr. Ades, Dr. Shapiro, and Dr. Robinson. If you think a custom orthotic may help your foot and ankle pain please contact our office online at or by phone at (704) 662-3660.


By James Robinson, DPM
November 11, 2011
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

Do you have or know anyone with Chronic Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Spur Syndrome) or Achilles Tendon ailments?  These respective problems are usually managed quite well with conservatives measures, such as avoidance of non supportive shoes, anti-inflammatories, ample rest, stretching, and avoidance of aggravating activities.   In rare instances, if first and second line of treatments fail to gain significant relief for patients, cast immobilization and physical therapy may be needed.  Luckily, these measures are able to effectively manage upwards of 90% of people with these ailments.

Unfortunately, there are a small percentage of patients that have exhausted standard and reasonable treatments. Traditionally, surgery has been a viable option when all else fails.  However, in recent years, physicians have been able to offer their patients with these ailments with alternative non surgical treatments, with one being called Platelet Rich Plasma.

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a great non surgical treatment for Heel Pain due to Plantar Fasciitis(Heel Spur Syndrome) and chronic conditions of the Achilles Tendon.  The idea is that these ailments are stuck in a chronic inflammatory or degenerative state, resistant to the normal healing process. PRP has many growth factors or components that can help heal these conditions stuck in chronic phases. It is obtained by using a patient's own blood which is drawn at the office and spun to separate the different components of whole blood.  After separation of blood components, your doctor will inject the PRP obtained from the sample of blood into the area of problem after local anesthetic block.

Heel Pain due to Plantar Fasciitis (heel spur syndrome) and problems of the Achilles Tendon are not the only ailments that could benefit from Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).  PRP also has an application in major surgeries of the foot and ankle for those patients deemed a risk with healing problems, as determined by your doctor and medical history.  Also, the diabetic population with chronic wounds can benefit from the healing properties of PRP.

In short, Platelet Rich Plasma can be a viable alternative treatment.  If you or someone you know has chronic heel pain or Achilles problems, this may be a great alternative to surgery.

For more information regarding Platelet Rich Plasma, please call the office @ (704) 662-3660 to schedule an appointment.


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