Just about all of us have experienced the debilitating pain of a sprained ankle at some point, especially during childhood. Although minor sprains and strains will get better without medical intervention, more severe or chronic foot and ankle injuries and pain may require further investigation and treatment in order to heal successfully.
The anatomy of the foot and ankle is complex. The foot is made up of 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Plus, the ankle comprises 14 bones. When you think of all the twisting and stepping impacts that are made upon the foot area every day, it is no surprise they can be vulnerable to injuries and other conditions.
When to Seek Medical Help
Sometimes it is obvious when to seek medical advice about a foot or ankle problem, such as a severe or debilitating pain or injury – but at other times it can be less clear. It is advisable to see a foot and ankle surgeon if:
- Your symptoms don’t improve with rest and ice
- You experience constant pain or discomfort, even while resting the foot
- You have a reduced range of motion in the foot, ankle, and/or toes
- Pain, redness, or swelling gets worse
- There are changes in the appearance of your foot or ankle
- You experience tingling or numbness regularly in your feet
- Walking or weight-bearing is causing pain or becoming difficult
- You have an abnormal growth or deformity
What Does a Foot and Ankle Surgeon Do?
A foot and ankle surgeon has extensive medical training in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of foot and ankle disorders. They have a profound and thorough understanding of the complex network of blood vessels, nerves, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones that make up the foot and ankle, and how to repair them.
These surgeons are specialists at treating all symptoms and conditions affecting the foot and ankle, regardless of the patient’s age. They will attempt to treat every foot condition nonsurgically at first if possible, but surgery will be performed if your foot or ankle is not responding to less-invasive treatments.
Types of Foot and Ankle Problems
Foot and ankle surgeons treat all symptoms and ailments affecting the foot area. Some of the most common conditions these physicians see include:
- Foot/ankle arthritis
- Diabetic foot conditions
- Corns and calluses
- Sprained ankle Bursitis
- Ingrown toenails
- Flatfoot and arch disorders
- Tendon disorders or injuries
- Heel pain (due to plantar fasciitis or heel spurs)
- Nerve disorders or injuries (e.g., Morton’s neuroma)
- Toe deformities
- Plantar warts
- Ganglion cysts
- Sports injuries
Foot and Ankle Specialists in Central Maryland
If you have foot pain or an injury affecting your foot or ankle, have an evaluation by our skilled foot and ankle surgeons here at Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland Foot & Ankle Care. We have extensive training to diagnose, treat, and help prevent foot and ankle disorders of all kinds.
For more information about the services we offer or to schedule an appointment, call us today at (410) 644-1880 or (855) 4MD-BONE (463-2663), or use our convenient online appointment request form now. We have several convenient locations located across the state of Maryland. Let our caring, patient-centered medical team help you get back on your feet as soon as possible!