Christopher Nicholson, MD

Foot and Ankle

Medical School
Ohio State University College of Medicine (Columbus, OH)
Ohio State University Medical Center (Columbus, OH)
Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
OrthoCarolina (Charlotte, NC)
Board Certification
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Foot and Ankle

Christopher Nicholson, MD

As a board certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, Christopher Nicholson, MD, specializes in the entire spectrum of foot and ankle medicine and surgery, from common problems such as bunions or sprained ankles to the most complex reconstructive surgeries.

Hailing from Columbus Ohio, Christopher Nicholson, MD, grew up surrounded by sports. That backdrop of athletics dovetailed nicely with his growing interest in medicine while he was in high school, as a family friend in sports medicine invited the young Nicholson to shadow him in the OR.

“Seeing how he got to interact with the athletes, and my fascination with sports at the time, initiated my interest,” he said.

He would stay in Columbus for his medical education, getting his degree from The Ohio State University School of Medicine, then interning and serving as resident at The Ohio State University Medical Center. Practicing orthopedic medicine on a campus of thousands of students and a famously robust athletic program, “You get to treat a little bit of everything – sports injuries, arthritis, deformities – all in one place.”

His career eventually took him to Charlotte, NC, working with Dr. Bob Anderson in treating some of the biggest names in the NFL when he got the call from Optim Orthopedics. “My wife said we should give Savannah a try, and 15 years later here we are.” And for the past 15 years, he’s developed a high-profile reputation as one of the region’s preeminent foot and ankle specialists.

Dr. Nicholson and his wife have five children who share their father’s athletic enthusiasm, with one son on a nationally ranked shooting team and a daughter on travel basketball and volleyball teams. When he is not shuttling kids back and forth to tournaments, you can find him enjoying the outdoors of his adopted hometown, jogging and golfing.

Why Does This Matter – A Letter From Our Orthopedic Surgeons
Our board certified and fellowship trained team or orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons provide the most comprehensive care in the region.

Podiatrist vs Orthopedic Surgeon

Patients often ask, “Why should I should choose an Orthopedic Foot and Ankle surgeon over a podiatrist?”
The answer is quite simple: Years of specialized training!
Our board certified, fellowship trained Orthopedic Foot and Ankle surgeon have completed:
  • 4 Years of medical school
  • 5 Years of residency training in orthopedics
  • 1 Year of fellowship training or an additional year of focused clinical and surgical training in foot and ankle surgery
  • 4 General medical board examinations
  • 2 Orthopedic board exams – written and oral where they must defend their own surgical cases amongst their peers
  • 2,000+ Surgical procedures performed while still in Residency
  • 25,000+ Combined surgical procedures and counting

Foot & Ankle Conditions

  • Achilles Tendon Injuries
  • Adult Acquired Flatfoot
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Arthritis of Foot & Ankle
  • Bunion
  • Bunionette Deformity (Tailor’s Bunion)
  • Claw Toe
  • Deformities of Foot & Ankle
  • Diabetic Foot
  • Fractures of Foot & Ankle
  • Haglund’s Deformity (Retrocalcaneal Bursitis)
  • Hallux Rigidus (Stiff Big Toe)
  • Hammer Toe
  • Injuries of Foot & Ankle
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Sprains of Foot & Ankle
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Tendon Injuries/Inflammation of Foot & Ankle

Foot & Ankle Procedures

  • Absorbable Antibiotic Bead Treatment for Osteomyelitis
  • Achilles Tendon Lengthening
  • Ankle Fracture Surgery
  • Ankle Fusion
  • Arthroscopy of the Ankle
  • Bunionectomy With Wedge Osteotomy
  • Bunionette Deformity Correction
  • Calcaneal Fracture Fixation
  • Cartilage Repair, Arthroscopically-Assisted
  • Charcot Foot Treatment Options
  • Cheilectomy
  • Cotton Osteotomy
  • Debridement of the Achilles Tendon
  • DuVries Arthroplasty
  • Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy (EPF)
  • Excision of Mortons Neuromas
  • Excision of Soft Tissue Masses
  • First Metatarsal-phalangeal Joint (MTP) Arthrodesis
  • First MTP Joint Fusion (Locking Plate)
  • Fixation for LisFranc Injury
  • Gastrocnemius Recession
  • Haglund’s Deformity Surgery

Foot & Ankle Procedures

  • Hammertoe Correction
  • Jones Fracture Fixation
  • Kidner Procedure
  • Lateral Ankle Ligament Reconstruction
  • Lapidus Procedure for Bunion Correction
  • Lateral Column Lengthening (Evans Osteotomy) for Adult Acquired Flatfoot
  • Mallet Toe Correction (DIP Joint Arthroplasty)
  • Medial Calcaneal Sliding Osteotomy
  • Metatarsal Fracture Fixation
  • Midfoot Fusion
  • Subtalar Fusion
  • Tarsal Tunnel Decompression
  • Tendon Transfer for Hammertoe
  • Tibiotalocalcaneal Fusion
  • TightRope™ Fixation for Ankle Syndesmosis
  • Triple Arthrodesis
  • Weil Osteotomy for Claw Toe

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