Robert C. Olson, DPM

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Foot & Ankle Surgeon Dr. Robert Olson at Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center in Gastonia, NC
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Fellowship-Trained: Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery
Specialties: Ankle and Foot

Dr. Robert Olson is a surgeon who is fellowship-trained in reconstructive surgery and care for the foot and ankle. Dr. Olson began practicing at Carolina Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center in 2002.

After completing his bachelor's degree in biology at Missouri Southern State College in Joplin, Missouri, Dr. Olson received his medical degree at Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. After medical school, he underwent a residency in podiatric surgery at West Houston Medical Center in Houston, Texas. While there, Dr. Olson also completed his fellowship in reconstructive ankle and foot.

Dr. Olson is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and board-qualified in Foot and Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery.

When he is not seeing patients, Dr. Olson enjoys spending time with his wife and children, playing golf, mountain biking, traveling, and skiing.


Missouri Southern State College, Joplin, MO, 1994

Medical School

Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA, 1998

Residency, Podiatric Surgery

West Houston Medical Center, 1998-2001

Fellowship, Reconstructive Foot and Ankle

West Houston Medical Center, 2001-2002


American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
Board-Qualified, Foot and Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery

Professional Memberships

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
American Podiatric Medical Association
North Carolina Foot & Ankle Society


Pi Delta National Podiatric Honor Society, University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences
Earl Kaplan Award for Academic and Clinical Excellence, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

Medical Interests

Adult & Pediatric Deformity Correction
Ankle Arthroscopy
Ankle Arthritis / Instability
Heel Pain

  • “Everyone has been so kind and helpful. Whenever I have a question, they are quick to respond. I had surgery and had some concerns and everyone there was terrific. Thank you.”
    – Gail J.
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By Robert C. Olson, D.P.M.

Heel pain is the most common new patient complaint seen in the typical foot and ankle practice. Many people refer to heel spurs as their problem. Although patients may have a spur, the vast majority don’t cause the patient pain. This small...

By Robert C. Olson, D.P.M.

It is estimated that 25,000 people sprain their ankle every day in the United States. Approximately 85% of these injuries are a rolling in or inversion of the ankle. Typically the ligaments on the outside of the ankle are...