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The Ankle & Foot Center of Central Florida is excited to announce the launch of the Complex Lower Extremity Pain Center, a specialized division dedicated to managing Chronic Pain Conditions. Take our quiz to see if you are a candidate for our pain center.


At Ankle & Foot Center of Central Florida, the team offers patients of all ages access to a full line of podiatric health services, including on-site X-rays, nerve testing, arterial testing, and trauma surgery.  Request an appointment today by calling the office or using the online booking tool. It’s the first step to a more active and pain-free life.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

This is a surgical technique where the operation is performed through very small incisions, only
a few millimeters long. This is in contrast to traditional surgery, which is performed through large incisions on the foot.

What conditions can be treated with MIS?
This technique is particularly useful in bunion surgery, where very small scars and better joint
movement can be achieved. Other condition and deformities includes: Hammertoes, heel pain,
metatarsalgia, neuroma, stiff big toe, diabetic foot ulcerations, and so on.

class IV MLS laser therapy

Multiwave locked system (MLS) laser therapy is an FDA-cleared solution for relieving pain and inflammation. Treatments utilize dual wavelengths of infrared light to penetrate deep below the surface of your skin, into underlying bones and tissues.

This laser energy stimulates cell regeneration, which ultimately encourages new tissue development. MLS laser therapy even improves blood circulation, further stimulating healing and pain reduction.

Skin Grafts / Substitutes for Wound Care

Wounds can be devastating to patients’ lives. It can lead to disability, decreased quality of life and inability to work or walk and increase financial burden. When healing is delayed, so do the lives of our patients.

Human placental tissue products are composed of growth factors and an intact extracellular matrix: Designed for application directly to wounds and compromised surgical sites.

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We step above and beyond for patient care.

Ankle & Foot Center of Central Florida provides high-quality foot and ankle treatment to men, women, and families living in Tavares / Mount Dora, Florida. Led by Joanne Balkaran, DPM, D.ABFAS, FACFAS, CWS the team provides compassionate, individualized treatments tailored to each person’s needs.


1 A multi-practice center of excellence lead by a trained, competent, and collaborative leadership team.

2 We offer patients of all ages access to a full line of podiatric health services, including x-rays, nerve testing, regenerative therapy and trauma surgery   

3 We address foot and ankle problems using conservative, integrative means and minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery. 


The Ankle and Foot Center of Central Florida is the solution to your foot and ankle problems. We provide a range of services from routine check ups and conservative treatments to trauma care and surgical intervention. We use cutting edge technology to provide safe, minimally-invasive treatment and avoid surgery whenever possible. Our foremost concern is providing an excellent patient experience for you and and your loved ones.

Fractures, Sports Injuries, Surgery, Pediatrics
Wound Care & Regenerative Medicine
Class IV MLS Laser Therapy, Amniotic injections, and CBD Products
Diabetic, Plantar Fasciitis, Flat Feet, Deformities

Call us today 352-385-7718 to book an appointment, or email us [email protected]

working hours

MON – WED : 

8:30 am – 5:00 pm


8:30 am – 2:00 pm


Answering Service

We treat.. anything below the knee
Robert Pellosie
Google Review

Friendly and professional staff made things very comfortable and easy. Dr. Balkaran is very knowledgeable, personable, and professional. She made treatment very easy and effective. I would highly recommend this office.

Skoolarius Dragavaere
Google Review

Great doctor drove all the way from west Tennessee to Florida because shes that great and genuinely cares about her client and makes sure you understand everything

Nancy Duysters
Google Review

The workers in the office are very friendly and attentive to my needs. It is nice that Dr. Balkaran takes the time to ask me questions and answers my questions. I have had more tests and attention at this doctors office in less then a year then I did in 12 years at my old podiatrist.

muzikismy life
Google Review

I went to 3 different foot Drs till I found Dr. Balkaran. She assessed the problem, ordered an MRI, and when all the results were in, she discussed the problem with me and the course of action to take. Come to find out, I had a very serious injury in both feet that would require surgery. Neither of the other Drs. had no clue. I have complete confidence in Dr. Balkarans professional expertise and I’m sorry I didn’t find her sooner. I would have been spared a lot of pain and money. My advice? ALWAYS get a 2nd opinion!

Steven Hopkins
Google Review

Dr. Balkaran was the 3rd podiatrist we saw to try and figure out why my daughter was having ankle pain. She really listened and figured out the issue in about 15 minutes. The other doctors just dismissed it as a sprain and sent us on our way, when in fact she had an issue that required surgery to correct. Dr. Balkaran performed the surgery and my daughter is currently recovering very well. We are very happy with the results so far.

John Duffey
Google Review

Dr Balkaran was amazing. She put me at ease and was extremely helpful and knowledgeable about my foot. She helped me get the right equipment to help me. She is Great!

Donna Rider
Google Review

Dr. Balkarran and her staff are professional, efficient, and thorough. There is a positive atmosphere and even with the COVID pandemic, safety precautions are kept with kindness and compassion. Thank you!

Mary Glaser
Google Review

I was very pleased with all aspects of my doctor visit. She listened to all my foot problems and had great suggestions. I think it’s helping already. I would definitely recommend this office for any foot issues.

Connie Andrews
Google Review

Dr. Balkaran is amazing! She recently did a complex surgery on my husband’s foot. Dr. Balkaran suggested an implant opposed to another surgery recommendation by another well-known doctor. It’s been 5 weeks and he is getting around pretty well with a boot. She is very thorough and takes her time with each patient. I will warn you, she runs behind on her schedule consistently but that is due to the time she spends with each of her patients.

Diplomate, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery® | Board Certified in Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery | Certified Wound Specialist | Diplomate, Minimally Invasive Foot and Ankle Surgery | Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Dr. Rikesh A. Patel, DPM, AACFAS
Dr. Blanca T. Diaz
Dr. Blanca T. Diaz, DPM, DABPM
Diplomate, American Board of Podiatric Medicine
Minimally invasive

Surgical techniques and procedures with less damage to surrounding tissues and a faster recovery time.

IN-STOCK Products

We keep a large inventory of products that are available. We also offer rentals on post-surgery needed equipment.


We now also offer highly effective Multiwave Locked System (MLS) laser therapy.


Contact us today to schedule your visit.