FOOT & ANKLE INJURIES
Orthopaedic Care for Foot & Ankle Injuries
Don’t underestimate the importance of healthy feet. They are your body’s foundation, so healthy feet are important to your overall health. Yet years of wear and tear can be hard on your feet and ankles. Overuse, shoes that don’t fit properly, and even genetics can lead to injuries and disorders of the foot or ankle and greatly impact your mobility.
Cary Orthopaedics’ foot and ankle doctors focus not only on treating the symptoms of foot & ankle injuries, but in understanding the underlying cause of the pain. We diagnose and treat a wide array of conditions, and we strive to educate our patients on the benefits of strengthening and stretching the feet and making proper shoe and insole selections.
- Hallux balgus (bunions)
- Foot or ankle sprains
- Ankle instability
- Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction
- Achilles tendonitis syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
- Stress fractures
Usually, the initial treatment protocol for foot or ankle pain consists of modifying activity and constantly wearing appropriate shoes with heel cups or arch supports. It is possible that your orthopaedic foot and ankle doctor will recommend short-term rest and non-weight-bearing status for the initial healing response.
Pain can also be reduced with a boot walker to allow a more normal gait. Once healing takes place it will be important to identify the mechanical causes and insure that changes to these stressful factors be addressed. If needed, physicians may recommend anti-inflammatory medications, ice and heat applications, and possibly weight loss.
In the event of an acute severe injury or pain that worsens over time, surgery may be necessary to prevent or stabilize chronic conditions.