Raymond J. Walls, MD
FAAOS, MFSEM, MRCSI, FRCS(TR & ORTH)
International Board Certified & Fellowship Trained Orthopaedic Surgeon
FOOT & ANKLE RECONSTRUCTION, TRAUMA & SPORTS INJURIES
Dr. Raymond Walls, MD grew up in Ireland, where he excelled at Irish dance. This art form involves many intricate foot and ankle movements, and several dancers he knew—including himself—experienced injuries such as ankle sprains, fractures, and overuse tendinitis. In high school, he became interested in biomechanics and, with his dance experience, a career in orthopedic surgery seemed like a natural fit.
Dr. Walls believes Foot and Ankle is one of the most complex orthopedic specialties. There is an elaborate interplay between the various joints and tendons that allow a person to walk, dance, and run effortlessly. Our bodies are finely tuned machines, but over time, even a subtle imbalance can cause disease and deformities.
Dr. Walls commonly treats conditions such as ankle arthritis, flatfoot deformities, and Achilles tendon injuries. He also manages ankle instability, ankle cartilage injuries, lower limb fractures, bunions, hammertoes, and complex lower limb deformities.
He has performed thousands of procedures over the years and has developed expertise in total ankle replacement, advanced ankle arthroscopy, and lower extremity deformity correction. When appropriate, he augments surgery with orthobiologics, such as platelet-rich plasma injections and stem cell therapy. These modalities enhance the body’s natural ability to heal and help relieve his patients’ symptoms.
He explores all options with his patients to help them choose the right treatment for them. He works closely with physical therapy and podiatry colleagues to ensure patients achieve the best possible outcomes.
Dr. Walls considers it essential to carefully evaluate every patient to determine exactly how their condition can be resolved. No two patients are the same, so he works with each person to develop an individualized treatment plan.
As a world champion Irish dancer and former lead performer in Riverdance, Dr. Walls knows how important it is to be able to do the things you enjoy most. He has two simple goals for all patients: relieve pain and restore function. The most rewarding aspect of being an orthopedic surgeon is seeing a patient put on their shoes and leave the office pain-free.
In addition to caring for patients, he conducts research to enhance patient outcomes. NYU Langone has a world-renowned research team, and they are developing a unique foot and ankle database, which will ultimately help them determine the best treatment options for their patients.
During his residency, Dr. Walls’ research received an award from the British Association for Surgery of the Knee. Patients who have joint replacement surgery typically lose 60 percent of their muscle strength. He conducted a study that showed that neuromuscular electrical stimulation before knee replacement surgery can strengthen patients’ quadricep muscles and accelerate recovery. He is currently conducting research to determine whether this therapy can also accelerate patients’ recovery after foot and ankle surgery.
- Total ankle replacement (Ankle arthroplasty)
- Advanced arthroscopic & minimally invasive surgery
- Orthobiologics including Platelet rich plasma (PRP) and Stem cell therapy
- Dance and Sports Injuries including Fractures and Soft Tissue Injuries of the Foot & Ankle
- Repair of Osteochondral Lesions
- Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at NYU Grossman School of Medicine
- Attending Surgeon, Langone Orthopaedic Hospital & Foot and Ankle Center at Essex Crossing
- US News and World Patient’s Top Choice Award
- Fellow American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons
- Member of the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons
- Best Clinical Research award, IOA Annual Conference
- Best Poster Presentation, British Association for Surgery of the Knee (BASK)
- Fred Given Award for clinical research, Royal College of Surgeons
- Entrance Foundation Scholarship, Trinity College Dublin
- Two-Time World Champion
- Three-time All-Ireland Champion
- Male Lead Dancer, Riverdance
- Performed on the video production “Riverdance-live from Radio City”
- Performances on The Late Late show, Conan O’Brian show, Good Morning America, The Late Show with David Letterman, and The Grammies