Foot and ankle doctors are specialists who have made a choice to extend their education beyond medical school and study the workings of the feet and ankles in depth. With their advanced knowledge, these doctors are able to diagnose and treat a full range of ankle injuries and foot issues. Patients often seek treatment from ankle specialists and foot doctors for issues such as bunions, foot fractures, and ankle sprains.
Ankle specialists and foot doctors understand that many issues can be improved with the use of nonsurgical treatment options. For example, a foot or ankle doctor might have a patient wear custom orthotics or an ankle brace, perform strengthening exercises or range-of-motion exercises at home, or work with a physical therapist.
However, sometimes nonsurgical treatments are not as effective as they need to be. In these cases, a patient may need foot or ankle care from an ankle surgeon or foot surgeon. There are a variety of orthopaedic surgeries these medical experts may recommend that can help patients, such as ankle fusion, bunion correction, or ankle ligament reconstruction.
Some ankle issues can cause pain in the foot. Just like some foot issues can lead to ankle pain. For example, bunions, which are growths that develop on the outside of the big toe, can sometimes cause ankle pain in addition to foot pain since a person may walk awkwardly if they have bunion pain.
Know When It’s Time to Get Help
If you are experiencing any of the types of foot problems or ankle issues described below—especially if you have been experiencing them for more than a few days—schedule an appointment with a foot or ankle specialist.
- Ankle is swollen and painful to the touch
- Entire lower leg is painful, including the ankle joint
- Heel pain
- Thick skin at the base of the toe
- Toes pointing inward
- Walking is difficult or painful
A specialty-trained foot doctor or ankle specialist may diagnose you with one of these ankle disorders or foot conditions or injuries:
- Achilles tendon injury
- Ankle sprain
- Flat feet
- Foot fungus
- Ingrown toenail
- Plantar fasciitis
- Plantar wart
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sports-related injury
- Tendon rupture or tear
What Can You Expect at Our Foot & Ankle Center?
Our Foot & Ankle Center is designed to provide our foot and ankle patients with comprehensive education and exceptional care through the vast experience, training, and knowledge of our foot and ankle expert.
Having dedicated his practice to providing specialized foot and ankle care, our foot and ankle doctor is committed to offering the latest and most advanced surgical and nonsurgical treatment options, including ankle ligament reconstruction, ankle replacement, hammertoe correction, and extracorporeal shock wave treatment for plantar fasciitis. He understands that while foot surgery or ankle surgery is sometimes the best treatment option for one patient, it is not always the right treatment option for every patient as there may be another nonoperative solution that is more beneficial for that patient.
For instance, sometimes our foot and ankle specialist is able to prescribe a medication that improves your condition or recommend physical therapy, which can bring about gradual improvements that can help with pain management. Our specialist will work with you to understand your individual needs and recommend the best treatment option for you.
If our foot and ankle specialist believes that a type of surgery, such as ankle replacement or ankle arthroscopy, is the best option for you, he will educate you on the surgical process and what to expect during your recovery.
Professional Orthopaedic Associates: Get Back to a Life Without Limits
Since 1985, we have been offering excellence in orthopaedic and sports medicine care. Our fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Glenn Gabisan, has years of expertise in diagnosing and treating complex foot and ankle injuries and conditions. He uses his extensive training and expertise to provide the very best to our foot and ankle patients.
Additionally, he values and is committed to ongoing professional education. Our specialist attends courses and proactively learns the latest procedures and surgical techniques. Our foot and ankle surgeon also serves as a thought leader, lecturing and writing about orthopaedic treatment and care. Our surgeon is one of the most highly respected in our region.