Our ankle doctors at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine are recognized experts in providing evaluation and treatment for ankle injuries and conditions.
The ankle joint is at a high risk for injury, especially during sports activities, and ankle doctors often see athletes that have suffered an ankle injury. Basketball, football, and soccer players as well as other athletes who pivot and turn commonly suffer ankle sprains. Runners frequently come to ankle doctors with symptoms of Achilles tendonitis. Dancers are susceptible to ankle inversion injuries, which is when the ankle rolls painfully outward. But just as often, ankle doctors treat injuries that happen to people during the course of daily life, such as when a person takes an awkward step and twists their ankle.
Other patients ankle doctors frequently work with are those with ankle arthritis. The sensation of that pain is sometimes different than people with ankle injuries. Typically, people with ankle arthritis experience swelling, stiffness, and tenderness, as well as joint pain. Regardless of the injury or condition, an ankle doctor has the specialized knowledge to help restore patients to reduced pain and better health.
When It's Time to See an Ankle Doctor
Being aware of certain symptoms is important because if an ankle issue can be diagnosed and treated early on, it will help to avoid further ankle or foot damage and pain in the future. Sharing this information with your doctor allows them to provide you with the best ankle and foot care. If any of the following symptoms sound familiar, you may have damaged your ankle or the surrounding tissues:
- Ankle instability
- Inability to bear weight on the foot due to ankle pain
- Joint stiffness
- Loss of flexibility
- Pain that radiates down into the foot
- Pain that radiates up into the calf
- Pain when the foot is pushed upwards towards the ankle
- Swelling or bruising around the ankle joint
These symptoms often correspond to a more serious ankle condition, such as:
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Ankle arthritis
- Ankle inversion injury
- Ankle sprains
- Anterior ankle impingement syndrome (athlete's ankle)
- Lateral malleolus fracture
- Syndesmotic ligament injury
Our orthopedic doctors understand that ankle and foot pain can have a major effect on your lifestyle and keep you from performing routine, everyday activities. To schedule an appointment with one of our ankle doctors, please call (740) 788-9220 or request an appointment online.
Our ankle specialists also understand that some injuries occurs when least expected, which is why we are proud to offer our Orthopedic Urgent Care to treat patients who are suffering from acute orthopedic injuries and conditions. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is necessary.
Keeping You Active at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine
Finding a doctor who can expertly diagnose and treat your ankle pain is one of the most important decisions you will make regarding your care.
Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine, Edward L. Westerheide, M.D., Brad L. Bernacki, M.D., and Alex Tancevski, M.D., are specialty-trained in diagnosing and treating a variety of ankle and foot injuries and conditions. Our doctors always strive to find a conservative treatment option for you first before recommending surgery. However, if ankle surgery is the best option, our surgeons have extensive experience in performing surgical procedures, such as ankle reconstruction. Our surgeons are dedicated to providing compassionate, expert orthopedic care to get you moving and keep you active.
Taking a team approach, our ankle surgeons work closely with our specialty-trained therapy team. Our physical therapists provide expert rehabilitation services and will tailor a treatment plan to your individual needs in order to restore function and get you back to the life you love.