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St. Luke's Hospital and Carolina Orthopaedic & Neurosurgical Associates

partner to provide foot and ankle care and expand general orthopaedic services

89 West Mills Street, Suite A • Columbus, NC 28722
Office: (864) 583-CONA

Anthony Barcel, MD

Mikhail Alexeev, MD


Through an affiliation between St. Luke’s Hospital and Carolina Orthopaedic & Neurosurgical Associates (CONA), St. Luke's is providing expanded orthopaedic services to include foot and ankle surgical care, with Dr. Anthony Barcel.

Dr. Barcel completed his medical degree at the Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, TN. He did his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. Dr. Barcel completed a foot and ankle fellowship at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, NC.

Dr. Mikhail Alexeev is providing general orthopaedic care at the Columbus, NC office. Dr. Alexeev is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and completed his medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. He subsequently completed his orthopaedic surgery training at Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta, GA prior to pursuing his sports medicine fellowship at University Hospitals/Case Western where he was a team physician for the Cleveland Browns NFL football team, Cleveland Monsters AHL hockey team and several area high schools.

Both surgeons look forward to serving Polk County residents and surrounding areas. And both will maintain office hours at St. Luke’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine and perform surgeries at St. Luke’s Hospital.

CONA has treated pediatric and adult disorders of the lower extremities for over 35 years. CONA’s Foot & Ankle Center offers some of the most advanced treatments and surgical techniques to relieve and even eliminate most foot and ankle pain and lower extremity problems.

There are a variety of foot and ankle conditions and disorders that we treat. If you do not see a condition below, don't hesitate to contact our office, and we will answer any questions you may have.

• Foot Pain
• Bunions
• Muscle & Tendon Strains
• Heel Pain
• Foot & Ankle Arthritis
• Toe & Ankle Fractures
• Hammer Toe
• Peroneal Tendinopathy
• Ankle Sprains
• Flat Foot
• Achilles Injuries
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Bone Spurs


CONA surgeon Anthony Barcel, MD, provides foot and ankle care at St. Luke’s. He is an orthopaedic surgeon, fellowship trained in lower extremity disorders, applying both operative and non-operative techniques in treating lower and upper extremities conditions to reduce pain and restore function. He treats a variety of foot and ankle conditions, including foot pain, bunions, ankle sprains, muscle & tendon strains, heel pain, foot & ankle arthritis, foot & ankle fractures, hammer toe, peroneal tendinopathy, flat foot, Achilles Injuries, plantar fasciitis, bone spurs, and more.

Dr. Barcel treats his patients individually with the most effective treatment, only recommending foot and ankle surgery after all other options have been exhausted. His procedures include:

• Tendon Repair
• Bunionectomy
• Lapidus Surgery (including Lapifuse and Lapiplasty)
• Ankle Arthroscopy
• Fracture Reduction


Foot and ankle injuries are most common in sports, especially those that include running (like soccer, and quick direction and speed changes, such as tennis. There are many precautions people can take to reduce the risk of getting a foot or an ankle injury.

Below are a few of the many ways to help avoid injury:

• Warm-Up: Begin with light stretching followed by about three minutes of slow jogging to get the blood flowing and warm up the muscles.

• Condition Your Muscles for the Sport or Activity: The amount of time participating in the activity should be gradually increased for weeks to help build muscle strength and mobility required for the particular activity or sport.

• Choose the Correct Shoes: It's essential to wear shoes specifically designed for your feet. If you have low arches, get shoes that offer more arch support.

• Avoid Running on Uneven Surfaces: Be careful on uneven, rocky terrain. Holes, tree stumps, and roots are all significant issues for those participating in trail running.

• Prevent Recurrent Injuries: Someone who has suffered from ankle injuries, such as an ankle sprain, should wear a brace or tape to help prevent another sprain.


One of the most important things you can do is listen to your body. If you begin to experience pain in the ankle or foot during any activity, you should limit, stop, or modify that activity until the pain subsides.

The feet and ankles are some of the body's most complex and impacted areas. When injuries occur, getting the proper care, treatment, and rehabilitation is vital to regain movement and strength.


There are many types of foot and ankle injuries that anyone at any age can encounter. For more complex musculoskeletal issues, patients should seek care from qualified orthopedic specialists like Carolina Orthopaedic & Neurosurgical Associates at St. Luke's. Below is a list of some of the many foot and ankle injury symptoms:

• pain
• stiffness
• swelling
• deformities
• popping noise or sensation
• heel pain
• unable to bear weight
• bruising


There are many different treatment options for foot and ankle injuries. RICE therapy is one of the most common ways to help reduce swelling and pain: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Many minor injuries heal independently in just a few days using RICE therapy. However, some may need some more in-depth treatment.

To schedule an appointment Dr. Barcel or Dr. Alexeev, call (864) 583-CONA.

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