Foot & Ankle

Carolina Hand and Sports Medicine is proud to announce that we have expanded our practice to include comprehensive care of the foot and ankle.

The foot and ankle are intricate parts of the body containing numerous bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Together, these structures allow for the balance and complex movements necessary to perform activities like walking, running, and jumping.

As a result, the foot and ankle are susceptible to a wide variety of injuries and conditions ranging from a mild sprain to severe arthritis. These conditions are best treated by an experienced Foot and Ankle Specialist.

Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Specialists are medical doctors (M.D.) who have completed four years of medical school, five years of accredited residency training in orthopaedic surgery, and an additional year of advanced fellowship training in the care of the foot and ankle. This extensive training provides a solid clinical background necessary to recognize medical problems, admit patients to a hospital when necessary, and contribute significantly to the coordination of care appropriate for each patient. They specialize in the diagnosis, care, and treatment of patients with disorders of the foot and ankle.

Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Specialists use medical, surgical, and physical rehabilitation to treat patients of all ages. They treat sports injuries, perform reconstructive procedures, manage trauma of the foot and ankle, and restore function lost as a result of disease.

Dr. Massey is an expert in arthroscopic foot, ankle, and knee surgery and uses this approach for many sports-related, traumatic, and degenerative conditions. He has published research on Achilles tendon tears and is the only surgeon in Western North Carolina performing minimally invasive percutaneous Achilles repair.

Our goal is to restore function and mobility allowing patients to return back to their previous activities, whether work, exercise, or competitive athletics.

Conditions Treated:

  • Ankle Fractures
  • Ankle Fractures in Children
  • Foot Fractures
  • Jones Fractures
  • Toe Fractures
  • Stress Fractures of Foot/Ankle
  • Foot Pain
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Ankle Instability
  • Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus
  • Plantar Plate Tear
  • Sports Injuries
  • Foot and Ankle Arthritis
  • Hallux Rigidus
  • Ankle Injections
  • Neuroma
  • Achilles Rupture
  • Heel Pain
  • Achilles Tendon Disorders
  • Peroneal Tendon Disorders
  • Bunions
  • Bunionettes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Hammertoes
  • Stiff Big Toe
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Foot and Ankle Cysts
  • Total Ankle Replacement
  • Stem cells
  • PRP


Knee problems are very common, and they occur in people of all ages. Knee problems can interfere with many things, from participation in sports to simply getting up from a chair and walking. This can have a big impact on your life.

As the largest joint in the body, the knee is essential for competing in almost every sport, but it is also the most common site for injury in young athletes. Knee injuries are very common in athletes who engage in cutting sports, such as football, soccer, basketball, and lacrosse.

Your knee joint is made up of bone, cartilage, ligaments and fluid. Muscles and tendons help the knee joint move. Ligaments help with knee stability. You have knee problems when any of these structures are injured or diseased.

A common injury is to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). You usually injure your ACL by a sudden twisting motion. Other knee problems include:

  • Meniscus tear: twisting and/or awkward knee flexion that causes damage to the fibro-cartilage pad that sits between the thigh bone and shin bone
  • Kneecap dislocation: when a sudden change in direction puts your kneecap under stress or slips it to the outside of the knee
  • Lateral collateral ligament injuries: partial or full tear of the thin ligament that runs on the outside of the knee and keeps the joint stable
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome (front of the knee pain): excessive shifting of the patella from sports activities that involve knee bending
  • Medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury: the most often sprained ligament in the knee occurs when the knee is forced inward with a stress or impact to the outer side of the knee

The most common disease affecting the knee is osteoarthritis. The cartilage in the knee gradually wears away, causing pain and swelling.

Dr. Massey has significant experience and specialized training in treating complex sports-related knee injuries as well as knee arthritis.

To learn more about knee conditions, please see below.

Knee & Lower Leg Conditions Treated

  • Common Knee Injuries
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tears
  • Cartilage Lesions
  • Collateral Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)
  • Osteoarthritis of the Knee
  • Patellar Dislocation
  • Patellar Tendinitis (Jumper’s Knee)
  • Patella Fracture
  • Patellar Tendon Tear
  • Patellofemoral Pain (Kneecap)
  • Pes Anserine (Knee Tendon) Bursitis
  • Prepatellar (Kneecap) Bursitis
  • Quadriceps Tendon Tear
  • Adolescent Anterior Knee Pain
  • Shin Splints
  • Stress Fractures
  • Unstable Kneecap