Ankle Specialist Q&A
Ankle pain should not be ignored. It has the potential to limit movement and can indicate serious health problems. Ankle pain can be treated at the Orthopedic Group. Please contact us for more information or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you at Leesburg VA, Lansdowne VA, and Stone Springs VA.
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The term orthopedist is also used to refer to an orthopedic surgeon. The goal of this specialist is to help patients suffering from musculoskeletal pain and mobility problems get relief.
There are some orthopedic surgeons who are generalists who treat a wide range of conditions. Sub-specialization is another option for orthopedists. Specialized training in advanced treatments for certain diagnoses is available to them.
An orthopedist treats injuries and diseases of the bones, muscles, joints, and soft tissues of your musculoskeletal system. Nonsurgical treatments are often used by this type of surgeon, even though they are surgeons.
An orthopedic surgeon specializes in both non-surgical and surgical techniques. Surgery is often the first line of treatment for certain types of orthopedic injuries and congenital conditions.
Orthopedists usually try nonsurgical treatments first for most other conditions. In order to achieve lasting relief, you may need more than one treatment. Several nonsurgical treatments are often used simultaneously. In the event that these options do not relieve your symptoms, you may wish to consider surgery. Specific recommendations will be provided by your orthopedist, along with explanations of risks and benefits.
It may be a minor problem or an indication of a medical problem if you experience ankle pain or swelling after an injury while running or walking, or resting. The most common causes of ankle pain are traumatic injuries, repetitive motion injuries, long-term wear, and tear, or tissue disorders. There are certain symptoms to watch for that may indicate serious ankle pain.
In feet and ankles with swelling, the faster the swelling develops, the more likely it is that things will be ruptured, torn, fractured, or dislocated. After your ankle injury, you may see bruising; black, blue, red, and/or other colors appearing on the side. This indicates bleeding under the skin. Tissue damage is indicated by bleeding under the skin. The majority of the time you can bear weight on a sprained ankle, but if you can’t bear weight or if it’s extremely painful, then you probably have something more serious.
Almost anyone can suffer an ankle sprain or twisting injury as an ankle sprain or twisting injury.
It is most common to sustain these injuries while playing sports such as basketball and tennis where there is frequent lateral motion, but they can also occur when mis stepping down stairs or stepping on an uneven surface.
When you twist or “sprain” your ankle, it can be very painful and difficult to know whether you need medical attention.
Many people who suffer from foot problems don’t seek treatment, which causes them to suffer needlessly. They may not believe their ankle pain is cause for concern, however, the truth is if you are experiencing ankle pain it is never a bad idea to see an orthopedist to determine the root cause. It is especially important to seek treatment for ankle pain if you are experiencing any of the aforementioned indications of a serious problem.
A medical examination is necessary if you suffer from an ailment in this area. It’s common for foot and ankle problems to get worse rather than better if they’re left untreated. Changing your shoes or doing foot-strengthening exercises can help correct some problems.
In some cases, issues can be more complex, requiring specialized knowledge and training. An orthopedist who specializes in foot and ankle orthopedics has a normal medical degree and extensive training in biomechanics and wound care.
Patients can see an orthopedist for ankle pain at the Orthopedic Group. We serve patients from Leesburg VA, Lansdowne VA, Stone Springs VA, Dulles, VA, Ashburn VA, Sterling VA, Aldie VA, South Riding VA, Herndon VA, Winchester VA, Reston VA, and Chantilly VA.