Foot and Ankle Surgery
From sports injuries, to trauma, to congenital deformities, there are many reasons why you might need to visit a podiatrist or surgeon.
Dr. Rachel Balloch and Dr. Danielle Butto are board-certified foot and ankle surgeons upholding a higher standard of care in Connecticut.
If you're ready to explore custom foot and ankle surgery solutions, visit Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists in Hartford County, CT.
Our Hartford County, CT, Surgeons Are Here to Help You
What to Know
About Dr. Balloch
She Specializes in Trauma
Dr. Balloch finished a three-year residency at a trauma center by becoming an attending physician there, honing her skills and passing on her knowledge to residents.
Our doctor was given St. Francis Hospital's Patient Experience Excellence Award, which she earned for three years in a row, and was named a "top doctor" four different times.
She Treats Patients of All Ages
Both adult and pediatric patients are able to visit Dr. Balloch for foot and ankle surgery.
What to Know
About Dr. Butto
She Completed a Reconstructive Fellowship
Once her residency was complete, she refined her knowledge with a Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery fellowship.
She's a Leader
Dr. Balloch is a part of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) leadership — a group of which she is also a fellow.
She's an Educator
Now, she teaches the next generation of surgeons and podiatrists by conducting ACFAS lectures.
Our Experience Sets Us Apart
Choose Board-Certified Specialists
For Your Foot or Ankle Surgery
Our Avon, CT, surgeons, Dr. Balloch and Dr. Butto, have a qualification that distinguishes them from other Connecticut doctors and podiatrists: their board certification in foot and ankle surgery from the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. That entails:
A Strong Educational Foundation
As a foundation for their board certification, Dr. Balloch and Dr. Butto have achieved all the necessary achievements to become surgeons, such as earning a Bachelors degree, completing a multi-year residency, and graduating with a doctorate. But unlike some others in the field, our doctors followed this extensive training by undergoing a rigorous board certification process.
Achievement of High Standards
Not all Connecticut doctors or podiatrists will successfully earn board certification. Currently, the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgeons requires applicants to pass multiple exams like a patient simulation exam, have a wide span of treatment experience, and provide info on past cases. Additionally, before doctors can become board certified in reconstructive rearfoot surgery, they must become board certified in foot surgery.
A Diverse Span of Expertise
Dr. Butto and Dr. Balloch's board certification covers several specific treatment areas: ankle surgery, foot surgery, and reconstructive rearfoot surgery. Some of the most common procedures they perform include surgical plantar fasciitis treatment, surgery for sports injuries, and surgical care for foot or ankle trauma.
We prioritize your experience and your long-term well-being by going the extra mile to surpass industry standards. If you or a loved one is struggling with injuries, trauma, or other foot or ankle conditions, we may be able to help. Contact our Hartford County, CT, team to begin or call
"I'd choose Dr. Balloch and her team again in a heartbeat." Connecticut Patients Truly Appreciate Our Team
Total respect...this group is fabulous.
Complete recovery from Plantar Fasciatis in a friendly and caring environment. I would recommend them highly
My teenage daughter had bunion surgery with Dr. Balloch. The process from start to finish was smooth. They answered any and all questions my daughter had (as teenagers often have lots). Due to my line of work, I am very familiar with the process (pre through post op) and would choose Dr. Balloch and her team again in a heart beat.View on Google
Featured Foot & Ankle Surgeries
Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery
Affecting patients young and old, bunions are an incredibly common foot condition caused by factors like genetics, narrow shoes, or even arthritis. They present with a bump along the big toe, which is accompanied by symptoms like swelling, pain, and trouble walking. We can perform minimally invasive bunion surgery for easier treatment and recovery.
Ankle arthroscopy is a conservative surgical treatment used for a wide umbrella of ankle conditions, like bone spurs, arthritis, or cartilage issues. While we may first recommend less invasive methods such as injections or braces, we can also provide this option to address the root causes of your symptoms.
Ankle Fracture Surgery
Surgery after an ankle fracture can substantially aid the healing process. It can also be a preventative measure. We take care of your fracture correctly from the beginning, helping you avoid long-term complications such as arthritis, daily pain, or permanent changes in your mobility.
Lateral Ankle Stabilization
Though we'll do our best to suggest other methods of treatment like physical therapy before advising you on surgical procedures, sometimes lateral ankle surgery is the superior option. Symptoms that indicate you may need lateral ankle stabilization include multiple sprains, stretched ligaments, and pain.
Conditions We Treat
With Foot and Ankle Surgery
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Congenital Deformities
- Diabetic Limb Damage
- Flatfoot Deformities
- Ankle Fractures
- Calcaneal Fractures
- Cavus Foot (High-Arch) Deformities
- Foot Fractures
- Foot and Ankle Trauma
- Great Toe Osteoarthritis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction
- Sports Injuries
- Traumatic Injuries
- Lisfranc Fracture or Dislocations
- Metatarsal Fractures
- Toe Fractures
Curious About Nonsurgical Options?
In addition to providing multiple types of surgery, our team also specializes in nonsurgical options. For instance, we can treat localized inflammation or discomfort with the high-frequency PiezoWave Therapy system. We can also perform the Tenex procedure, which needs only pinprick-sized holes to excise injured parts of your tendon. Contact us to learn more.
"Best medical visit I have ever experienced." Hartford County's Choice for Foot and Ankle Surgery
Friendly, professional, knowledgeable, helpful. Dr. Butto and staff provided the best medical visit I have ever experienced, and I have had many. Pain free and counting.
Thank you Dr. Butto and staff.
Amazing practice! The staff is welcoming and kind. They run on time and the office is spotless. Dr. Balloch is what makes the practice truly shine — she’s caring, easy to talk to and super knowledgeable. She takes her time to answer my questions and I always enjoy our conversations. I definitely recommend this practice!View on Google
Understanding Payment and Insurance
Foot and ankle surgery at our Hartford County, CT, practice is typically covered by insurance once you hit your deductible.
It's important to know that your insurance may not approve you for surgery right away. Instead, they may ask that you try other non-surgical treatments first, like physical therapy.
Our Avon, CT, office accepts insurance from a variety of providers, including Medicare. We're happy to answer any questions about accepted providers, as well as walk you through the insurance and payment process.