Orthopedic Center – Foot and Ankle

Specialties Orthopedics Foot and Ankle


J. Benjamin Jackson, MD

Ryan M. Putnam, MD

W. Bret Smith, DO

Advanced practice providers

Randy Bell, PA

Stephanie Altobello, NP

Sarah Huckeby, PA

About our team

 Our physicians and physician assistants at Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center are trained in treating the many different conditions that can affect the foot and ankle. Our three fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeons have spent a year of additional training to provide their patients expert level care.

Each of our patients undergo a thorough evaluation and work with our foot and ankle specialists to develop a unique, patient-centered and comprehensive treatment plan. We collaborate with each patient to determine whether a surgical or nonsurgical approach is the most appropriate treatment option. If surgery is necessary, we will discuss the procedure and answer any questions.

Our services

Common foot and ankle conditions and treatments include:

  • Achilles problems
  • Ankle pain
  • Arthritis
  • Athletic injuries
  • Bunions
  • Calluses
  • Claw toes
  • Diabetic foot ulcer
  • Foot pain
  • Fractures and sprains
  • Hammertoes
  • Instability
  • Painful flat feet
  • Total ankle replacement

Our surgeons offer the most innovative patient-centered treatment options available in the country. These include numerous non-operative options such as bracing, orthotics, casting, strapping and physical therapy. Surgical options range from minimally invasive arthroscopic treatment to advanced reconstruction options including ankle replacement and Taylor Spatial Frame.

Research initiatives

In partnership with our patients, we believe we can study the effect of treatments to determine a more evidence-based plan of care. This can be accomplished with thoughtful study design and by keeping our patients at the center of the outcomes measured.

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About Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group

We are proud to be part of the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, which includes caring, compassionate health care professionals who are highly trained to meet your medical needs in Columbia, Lexington and across the greater Midlands region of South Carolina.

Providing excellent medical care in comfortable office environments, our network team of physicians, advanced care providers, nurses and staff is prepared to answer any questions you have. We provide comprehensive medical care for short-term needs like annual physicals as well as ongoing management of chronic diseases. Prevention is a big part of your overall care plan. Should additional, focused medical treatment ever be needed, our doctors will refer you to a specialist and stay involved in your care. Only at Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will you find the extensive level of expertise available from a wide variety of specialists.

Our affiliate system

We are building one organization with affiliates in two regions. Our parent company, now known as Prisma Health, supports both affiliates with overall direction and leadership as we continue to align. We will soon share one brand across the entire organization to better reflect this. Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will be rebranded in late 2019 and will continue to operate as a joint venture between the Midlands affiliate and the USC School of Medicine.

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We are becoming Prisma Health-USC Medical Group