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Dr. Robert Leland

Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Boulder , CO
32 years experience male

Locations

Office

Boulder , CO

Address

Mapleton Hill Orthopaedics, 975 North Street, Boulder , CO, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 4:00am
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Fax

(303) 440-7586

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

Cigna

Golden Rule Insurance Company

Great-West Healthcare

Humana Insurance Company

Medicare

UnitedHealthcare

About

Bio

Fellowship trained, Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon, Specializing in Foot and Ankle disorders. I practice at Mapleton Hill Orthopaedics in Boulder Colorado and at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora Colorado.

Specialties
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Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery

Licenses

United States: Colorado

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

122 Answers
21 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Rehab: If you're ankle ligaments are in good condition, conditioning, proprioceptive training and bracing are all good options. If the ligaments are deficien... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Depends: Most total ankle replacements require a shorter period of being non weight bearing than ankle fusions. The decision for which of these treatment optio... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Variable: Often, their are "no symptoms" as it is asymptomatic. Pain can be present in the arch, medial or lateral hindfoot.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Difficult: Unfortunately, it's best to "fit the shoe to the foot, rather than the foot to the shoe" flat feet often take up more space, necessitating a wider sh... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Exam, x-ray: Ankle fractures typically result from a twisting injury. If you are unable to weight bear and have concerns, see an orthopaedic surgeon. If less conce... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Probably no benefit: Probably a benefit in animals that hang from trees, but not likely to be a benefit or detriment in humans. Be happy with your toes, long or short!
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Not necessarily: As long as it is truly "a sprain" and you are showing improvement the vast majority of these injuries resolve uneventfully but can take several months... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Pain/limitations: In patients with advanced hip arthritis with significant pain and functional limitations.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Overload: Ulcers which are particularly a problem in diabetic patients usually result from overload (pressure) to the foot either from a prominent bone area or ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Talk to your dr: Accupuncture, fish oil, arnica. Speak to your dr before starting any treatments. Pharmacies that specialize in homeopathic remedies may be helpful ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Conditioning: Gentle range of motion, scar mobilization, conditioning (calf strengthening), proprioception. Follow surgeons guidelines for how to progress.
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: If both require surgery it would possible (and often times preferable) to address both at the same time.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Many: There are several ligaments that attach to the talus-anterior talofibular and posterior talofibular laterally (outside of ankle). Calcaneofibular liga... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Progressive: Different surgeons have varying protocols which all may be acceptable. Usually there is some form of immobilization for close to 3 months. By 6 month... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Follow instructions: Rate of bone healing is largely determined by biology. Good diet (vit d and calcium), not smoking) and following directions about weight bearing restr... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Osteotomies: An osteotomy (breaking and realigning the bone) is used to correct bowed legs but only if symptommatic or severe.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Does it hurt?: Bow legs vary in cause (idiopathic, rickets, etc) severity, and symptoms. If significant and symptommatic, corrective osteotomies performed by an ort... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Varies: Depends on severity of clubfoot, treatment, other health factors, etc. The foot and calf will always be smaller. The foot will be stiff. However, many... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Many options: Rest, oral and topical nsaids, pt, immobilization, occasionally surgery.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
? shoe fit: Numbness is a sign of nerve dysfunction which in your case sounds temporary. This can be due to a local nerve irritation, nerve irritation more proxim... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Loss of cartilage: Arthritis is loss of articular (joint) cartilage and the inflammation that accompanies it.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Orthopaedic Surgeon: An orthopaedic foot and ankle is your best option. A list of these doctors can be found at aofas.Org.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Cushioned heel: A shoe with some cushion will provide some "shock absorption" for your knee.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
It Depends: Orthopaedic conditions such as flat feet only requiring "fixing" if symptommatic. A variety of surgical and non-surgical options exist but need to be... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Not typically: While it is not uncommon for arches to collapse some as we age, high arches (cavus foot) do not typically progress to flat feet. Various conditions s... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: First off, surgery should only be considered if the flat foot is symptommatic and has failed to respond to non surgical management. Flat foot surgery ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Exam/mri: Some tendonitis can be accurately diagnosed with physical exam. A more certain assessment can be made with an MRI scan.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Bracing/surgery: Dropfoot has various causes but results from the muscles that dorsiflex the ankle (primarily tibialis anterior) not functioning. This usually is caus... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Back vs leg: "tingling and numbness" usually means a nerve is not functioning properly. Depending on what part of the leg is affected, it's possible that the nerve... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Severity of pain: Pain with increased activity can be multifactorial based on your general health, mechanics, shoe wear and training regimen. If your pain is more of a... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Side effects low,but: Generally, a low dose Prednisone taper has a low risk of side effects. However, unless this is a bad acute flare up, other very low risk options such ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Plantar fascitis: Plantar fascitis on the bottom of the heel, achilles insertional tendonitis on the back of the heel.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Usually pain: Bunions are often asymptomatic and can therefore be left alone. When they do cause problems, it usually involves pain either on the inside of the big ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Many factors: Most patients at least maintain their pre-replacement range of motion and sometimes gain additional motion after ankle replacement.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Likely unrelated: Spondylolysis does not typically cause foot pain and swelling. Probably due to another issue.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Any: Kids need shoes to protect their feet from "the elements" and to keep them warm on cold days. Expensive "supportive" shoes are not necessary. Save you... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Cushioned heel: Whatever is comfortable is the short answer. Having said that a shoe with a good arch and cushioned heel is a good option (running shoe).
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
See ortho surg: Depends on the location of the break. See an orthopaedic surgeon.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
No: In some cases non-surgical management can be used but this condition requires proper medical attention. See apediatric orthopaedic surgeon if infant/c... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
No: Club feet develop in utero. Some neurologic conditions can lead to progressive foot deformities later in life.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Depends: Treatment varies on age of presentation, severity, etc. In an infant or early child see a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon. Adult, orthopaedic foot and a... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Low impact: If you have tendonitis (as opposed to insufficiency) your goal should be to allow the tendon to rest so the inflammation can resolve.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Cavovarus foot?: Usually this comes from "the way you're built" i.E cavovarus foot. Can also result from ankle instability.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Depends...: Ankle fractures (breaks) can either be stable or unstable injuries based on the mechanism of injury, force of injury, etc. Stable fractures typically... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: Toe length varies between individuals. As with many physical attributes, there is a large range of "normal." certain conditions such as marfanism dis... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Muscle stim brace: Dropfoot has various causes but results from the muscles that dorsiflex the ankle (primarily tibialis anterior) not functioning. This usually is cause... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Treatment varies: There are many potential causes for pain in flat feet. It's difficult to make specific recommendations. A couple of simple options include use of a g... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Ask them: Your doctor likely has a reason for doing this (help with swelling?). Best to ask them the reason.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Nerve problem: A true morton's neuroma involves thickening and abnormality of the interdigital (b/w toes) nerve. More often, the term is used to describe a nerve ir... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Leland is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Leland is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Really help me understand a little more. My big toe turns DARK red, & has painful burning, pinching sensation & get numb if active for long.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! When I started PT, I was 0/5, now it's more like 1/5.
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Thank you. Had complications w/ surgery and got a little nervous.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Wayne State University School of Medicine, MI
Graduated 1990MD

Residency

Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center

Awards

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