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Foot and Ankle Specialist Questions and Answers

Orthopedic surgeons specialize in foot and ankle and are skilled at treating disorders of the foot and ankle. If you have pain or swelling in your feet, or are unable to put weight on your foot, and are in the Leesburg, Lansdowne, or Dulles, please consider The Orthopedic Group for your treatment. Call us for more information. We serve patients from Leesburg VA, Lansdowne VA, Dulles VA, Woodburn VA, Watson VA, Sterling VA, Oak Hill VA, Broadlands VA, Brambleton VA, and Arcola VA.

Foot and Ankle Specialist Questions and Answers
Foot and Ankle Specialist Questions and Answers

Common foot and ankle issues treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Ankle Replacement
  • Bunions
  • Calcaneus (Heel Bone) Fractures
  • Flexible Flatfoot in Children
  • Hammer Toe
  • Ingrown Toenail
  • Lisfranc (Midfoot) Injury
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Sprained Ankle
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe
  • Ankle Fractures (Broken Ankle)
  • Arthritis
  • Claw Toe
  • Clubfoot
  • Diabetic (Charcot) Foot
  • Heel Pain
  • Intoeing
  • Metatarsal Fractures
  • Plantar Fasciitis and Bone Spurs
  • Talus Fractures
  • Toe and Forefoot Fractures
  • Vertical Talus

Foot and Ankle issues are some of the most common musculoskeletal disorders plaguing individuals every day. Something as simple as a sprain or major stress fracture that prevents you from walking. If you are in the Leesburg, Lansdowne, or Dulles areas of Virginia, The Orthopedic Group has the friendly, expert medical treatment you’re looking for to get back on your feet.

Do orthopedic doctors treat foot and ankles?

Yes, Orthopedic Doctors treat a wide variety of bone, muscle, tendon, and ligament disorders in all areas of the body, including the foot and ankle. Many Orthopedic surgeons pursue a specialty, so it is in your best interest to seek out an Orthopedic Doctor with a Speciality in the foot and ankle care when looking.

For foot and ankle treatment, should I see a podiatrist or an orthopedist?

Both orthopedic doctors specialize in foot and ankle care, and podiatrists are highly-trained in treating foot and ankle problems. Often podiatrists do not have medical certification or doctor of osteopathy certification. Instead, they are trained as Doctors of Podiatric Medicine, which means a podiatrist may not have as comprehensive medical training as an orthopedic surgeon. An orthopedic surgeon is qualified to deal with more complicated foot issues than a podiatrist. However, not all orthopedic doctors are trained in treating Foot and Ankle disorders. Here at The Orthopedic Group, our orthopedic surgeons can provide you with the best, most comprehensive care possible.

When should I consulate a doctor about my foot pain?

Should see an orthopedic doctor when signs of infection, swelling, severe pain, or if you are having trouble putting weight on your foot or ankle are all reasons why you should immediately see a doctor. With issues that may be orthopedic in nature catching them in time can enable your provider to give you more treatment options outside of surgery. Also, enable surgery to be performed more easily and with a shorter recovery period with less damage to the foot and ankle.

How does an orthopedic surgeon treat the foot and ankle?

If surgery is required, the type of treatment may change based on several variables. Some major foot surgery includes foot and ankle reconstruction. That is where the surgeon attempts to repair or transfer tendons, utilize a prosthetic joint, or manipulate the bone by cutting, grafting, or fusing. Ankle Replacement Surgery involves completely replacing the damaged bones in the ankle with metal or plastic prosthetics. Achilles Tendon repair involves the surgeon reconnecting the damaged tendon between the calf muscle and the heel bone.

Some minor foot and ankle disorders such as stress fractures, sprains, and strains are reasons to seek help from an orthopedic doctor. Some non-surgical options include physical therapy, lifestyle therapy, pain killers, rest, or bracing using a boot, cast, and crutches to correct the issue causing pain.

If you think your foot pain requires professional attention, do not hesitate to call our offices to book an appointment at one of our three locations across Virginia. We have been servicing the Northern Virginia area for over 30 years and are proud to lend our expertise to new and existing patients.