At OrthoSC, the Grand Strand's largest and most comprehensive orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained doctors are dedicated to providing world-class care for a variety of ankle injuries and conditions.
An ankle doctor has broad medical knowledge of joint issues along with a highly specialized understanding of foot and ankle conditions. These medical providers apply their specialized expertise to diagnose and offer treatment to patients managing a wide variety of ankle or related foot conditions.
An example of an injury that ankle doctors frequently manage is an ankle sprain. This injury can occur for a variety of reasons, such as a sports-related accident or due to tripping or falling. Ankle specialists also treat chronic disorders, such as arthritis. This disease not only causes pain but can also have a negative effect on a person’s life, and it can sometimes impact a patient's ability to perform daily activities.
An experienced ankle doctor understands the anatomy of the foot and ankle and helps a variety of patients with their ankle or related foot conditions. An ankle doctor is well-positioned to help patients coping with an ankle issue by providing education on ankle and foot care.
When It's Time to Seek Ankle Care
When you have ankle or foot pain, it's important to pay close attention to your symptoms so you can give your doctor or orthopedic surgeon a more detailed description of your pain when you go to your appointment, which in turn helps your doctor diagnose and treat you. Here are some examples of common ankle symptoms you may be noticing:
- Ankle and foot are tender
- Ankle buckles or gives way
- Bending the foot causes ankle pain
- Flexing or pointing the toes causes pain
- Severe swelling around the ankle joint
There are times when foot conditions, such as plantar fasciitis (a type of heel pain) or untreated bunions, can cause ankle issues. Having any of the symptoms above may indicate one of the following common ankle problems or injuries:
- Achilles tendon problems
- Bone cracks or stress fracture
- Bone spurs
- Cartilage deterioration
- Inversion sprain
- Lateral ligament tear
Taking good care of yourself means seeing an ankle specialist when you suspect a problem and taking action sooner rather than later. In doing so, you may be able to avoid further pain or the need for surgery. You may also reduce the risk of having your condition worsen or developing severe problems, for instance, if the damage advances over time and you begin to lose mobility in the affected joint. Schedule an appointment with one of our ankle doctors by requesting an appointment online.
Experience World-Class Ankle Care at OrthoSC
At OrthoSC, our experts apply their medical knowledge and skills to treating you and your ankle issue. They are dedicated to providing each patient with specialized orthopedic care and are equipped with the most advanced resources, which allows your specialist to focus exclusively on diagnosing and treating your ankle pain.
Our board-certified and fellowship-trained doctors, Dr. Brian Blair, Dr. Christopher Crosby, Dr. Edward Mikol, and Dr. Alexander Pappas, are highly skilled in their respected field of evaluating and treating ankle injuries and conditions. A core component of their care is ensuring that every patient is educated about the pain-relieving treatment options that are available to them. Our ankle doctors also consult with their patients, offering suggestions, listening to questions, and helping them decide which course to take. Finally, be assured that our ankle specialists are committed to pursuing nonsurgical options first, which can range from medications and physical therapy to pain injections. At the same time, our ankle surgeons will not hesitate to recommend surgery if they believe that is the best option to restore proper function. Regardless of the treatment you ultimately receive for your ankle pain, our doctors will make sure to educate you about your condition, treatment options, and what you can expect afterward.
Having questions or concerns about your ankle issue is normal. Schedule an appointment with one of our experienced ankle doctors by requesting an appointment online or calling one of our four locations: Carolina Forest, Conway, Murrells Inlet, or Carolina Forest – Satellite. We’re ready to help restore you to better health.