Orthopedic Care for Foot and Ankle
Our feet and ankles are the foundation of our bodies which faithfully support our body weight throughout our entire lives. The average person takes approximately 10,000 steps per day and walks about 115,000 miles over the course of a lifetime, that is 3 times around the equator!
At Virginia Orthopedics, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle injuries and conditions. You do not have to walk in pain anymore. We are here to diagnose your foot or ankle condition and offer minimally invasive treatments and rehabilitation to get you back to doing what you love.
Common Foot and Ankle Injuries
Athletes who train daily become more susceptible to overuse injuries of the foot and ankle. We see chronic conditions develop in people who do not give injuries that cause pain time to heal. Some common foot and ankle injuries include:
- Ankle sprains
- Ankle impingement
- Achilles tendon injury
- Overuse injury
- Muscle and tendon strains
- Stress fracture
These are some of many conditions or injuries that occur in your foot and ankle whether you are a competitive athlete or a weekend warrior. Over years of weight bearing use, you may develop some chronic conditions within the joint that may need further treatment.
Care of Acute Injuries of the Foot and Ankle
For acute and minor injuries of the ankle or foot such as a sprain, there is a simple home treatment regimen that your doctor may recommend. The “RICE” protocol, for minor sprains, has endured the test of time. Start the RICE protocol as soon as possible after your injury.
- Rest your ankle by not walking on it.
- Ice should be immediately applied to keep the swelling down. It can be used for 20 to 30 minutes, three or four times daily. Do not apply ice directly to your skin.
- Compression dressings or ace-wrap bandages will immobilize and support your injured ankle.
- Elevate your ankle above the level of your heart as often as possible during the first 48 hours post-injury.
The medications recommended for ankle sprains are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen, which help reduce pain and swelling.
Conservative Treatment for Foot or Ankle Injuries/Conditions
At Virginia Orthopedics, our fellowship trained foot and ankle specialists will begin your treatment by diagnosing your condition. If your foot or ankle condition is disabling, the sooner you can receive medical attention the better the outcome may be. There are many options within the scope of conservative treatment that may offer pain relief and mobilization. Some treatments may include:
- Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or prescription NSAIDs may offer temporary relief of pain.
- An orthotic boot to limit the movement of your foot or ankle while still allowing functional mobilization.
- Physical therapy to restore function, strength and movement.
- Steroid injections to reduce inflammation and pain.
When conservative treatment does not work, surgical options may be necessary to get you back in action.
Surgical Options for Foot and Ankle Injuries/Conditions
For some patients, surgical treatment is necessary to ease pain and restore function. Virginia Orthopedics surgical specialists use minimally invasive surgical procedures (or arthroscopic surgery) as it offers less discomfort and scarring and a shorter recovery time, getting you back on your feet quicker. Some foot and ankle conditions that generally respond well to surgical treatment include:
- Acute trauma
- Cartilage repair
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Ankle instability
- Loose body removal (after a break)
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Total ankle replacement
- Fracture of foot or ankle
Virginia Orthopedics is built on total dedication to meeting the needs of our patients. We care about every patient, and we work to provide great service and the best possible outcome.