Foot and Ankle Injuries – Did You Know?
The average person walks more than 100,000 miles in a lifetime. With the constant impact of walking and running, it is not surprising that foot and ankle pain are very common.
Foot and Ankle Specialists in Wake County
The Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic board-certified, fellowship-trained foot and ankle specialists, Dr. Boone, Dr. Casale, and Dr. Logel, provide comprehensive and specialized care for a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions. They also work closely with Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic’s podiatrist, Dr. Simmons, to utilize conservative treatment options whenever possible. The foot and ankle specialists at Raleigh Orthopaedic are dedicated to quality outcomes and are trained to treat strains, sprains, fractures, tendon injuries, and more.
Our foot and ankle specialists are available at all of our clinics throughout Wake County.
Common foot and ankle issues treated at Raleigh Orthopaedic
Specialized treatments and surgical procedures employed are used to treat the following orthopaedic foot and ankle conditions:
Foot & Ankle Clinics in Wake County
Raleigh Orthopaedic provides treatment for foot and ankle injuries and conditions at six separate clinics throughout Wake County. Our clinics can be found in Raleigh, North Raleigh, Cary, Garner, Holly Springs, and West Cary-Panther Creek.
Foot & Ankle Specialists at Raleigh Orthopaedic
The orthopedic specialists at Raleigh Orthopaedic can handle a wide range of conditions and injuries in the knee.
Podiatry at Raleigh Orthopaedic
Our foot & ankle surgeons work closely with our podiatrist, who provides patients with non-surgical, conservative treatment options.
Treating Foot & Ankle Pain in Wake County
Our specialists provide a complete range of surgical and non-surgical treatments for foot and ankle conditions and work with you to develop a personalized plan of care suited to your unique needs.
Prior to any suggested course of treatment, our foot and ankle specialists will ask you for a complete medical history, have you describe your symptoms and how the injury occurred, and conduct a physical examination. An X-Ray or MRI may be necessary to confirm the proper diagnosis and determine if there are other problems.
Non Surgical Treatment for Foot & Ankle Pain
Typical nonsurgical treatment for foot and ankle pain includes:
- Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation (RICE)
- Activity Modification: alerting or avoiding activities that worsen symptoms
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
- Physical Therapy to increase foot and ankle strength and flexibility
- Steroid injection: Cortisone, a type of steroid, is a powerful anti-inflammatory medication. It can be injected along with a local anesthetic to reduce inflammation and pain and may relieve symptoms temporarily or permanently.
- Orthotics: shows with thick soles and extra cushioning can reduce pain with standing and walking for some conditions of the foot and ankle
Reasons for Foot and Ankle Surgery
Raleigh Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons may recommend surgery if any of the following factors are present:
- Your foot and ankle pain continues despite non-surgical treatments
- You have developed a limp stemming from foot or ankle pain
- You experience pain when you move your foot or ankle
- You can no longer perform daily activities
- You have advanced foot or ankle arthritis
- Your foot or ankle injury or condition limits your athletic performance or daily life
Common athletic injuries
The most common causes of foot or ankle injuries are from overuse, a sudden injury such as a trip and fall or from a sports-related activity. Ankle sprains top the list as one of the most common ankle injuries and sports injuries. A sprain is a twisting injury or tear to a ligament. A strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon and is often caused by overuse, force or stretching. Treatment plans for a sprain or strain will depend on the athlete’s age, overall health and medical history, the extent of the injury and the athlete’s tolerance for medications, procedures or therapies.
After an ankle is sprained, it has a greater chance of becoming sprained again. Repeating ankle sprains put an individual at risk of ankle arthritis. According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, it is recommended to tape or brace ankles during sport activities, such as games and practices. Athletes with previous ankle sprains who wore a brace or tape following injury had approximately 70 percent fewer ankle injuries than athletes who did not.
Achilles Tendon Repair Surgery
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body, connecting the calf muscles to the back of the heel. The tendon is used to flex the foot and “push off” when walking, running or jumping. When the Achilles tendon is damaged or torn, an orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon can work to repair or reattach the tendon.
A bunion is a bony bump or deformity to the joint at the base of the first or great toe. Bunions can cause pain, skin irritation and swelling. An orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon can perform a bunionectomy to remove the bunion and help restore normal alignment to the foot.
Total Ankle Replacement
Ankle replacement surgery, also known as a total ankle arthroplasty, is used to effectively improve an ankle joint that has been severely damaged by injury or some form of arthritis when more conservative methods of treating disabilities in the ankle have failed. In ankle replacement surgery, both sides of the ankle are removed and replaced with specially designed artificial parts, called prostheses.
What to do in Case of an Emergency
If you are in need of emergency medical care for your foot or ankle, please go to UNC Rex Hospital. Raleigh Orthopaedic specialists are on call for orthopaedic trauma at all hours of the day.
At Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic our foot and ankle doctors and staff are recognized as leaders and innovators in the field of orthopaedics. Our foot and ankle surgeons regularly develop content designed education our patients with timely orthopaedic content.
- Bunion Surgery — webinar hosted by Dr. David Boone, Raleigh Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon
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