Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute
Orthopedic Surgeons located in Tuscaloosa, AL
Not being able to walk due to foot or ankle pain can make life difficult. Fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon Bryan King, MD, and his team at Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute in Northport, Alabama, provide expert management of foot and ankle pain, offering surgical and nonsurgical options to ease discomfort and help you get back on your feet. For a consultation, call the office or request an appointment online.
Foot and Ankle Pain Q & A
What is foot and ankle pain?
Your feet and ankles endure a lot of stress with every step you take. Whether due to alignment issues, poor shoe choices, or an unexpected injury, foot and ankle pain are common complaints. The type of pain you experience can vary depending on the underlying cause and can be constant or intermittent.
What causes foot pain?
Your foot pain could be due to an injury, overuse, or an underlying health issue that affects the bones, nerves, muscles, ligaments, and/or joints in your foot. Common causes of foot pain include:
- Bone spurs
- Plantar fasciitis
- Hammertoes (mallet toes)
- Ingrown toenail
- Strains and sprains
If you have diabetes, peripheral neuropathy or an infection could be an underlying cause of foot pain.
The team at Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute does a thorough exam when you visit the office with complaints of foot pain to provide the most effective treatment.
What causes ankle pain?
A sprain is the most common cause of ankle pain. Your discomfort could also be due to:
- Nerve compression
- Alignment issues in your foot or leg
In addition to the pain, you can also experience swelling, tenderness, and difficulty putting weight on the affected ankle.
Like foot pain, the team at Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute look for the root cause of your pain during a thorough exam so they can provide the most targeted treatment.
How are foot and ankle pain treated?
Treatment of your foot and ankle pain depends on what’s causing it. The team at Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute design your treatment plan to match your specific needs to ensure you get the best outcome.
Though the team specializes in orthopedic surgery, they’ll probably take a conservative approach at first to manage your foot and ankle pain. These initial treatments can include:
- Rest, ice, compression, and elevation
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Physical therapy
If foot and/or ankle surgery is needed, you’re in good hands at Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute. The team specializes in managing fractures of the foot and offers the most advanced techniques, including pin track care with external fixation, which ensures proper alignment of your bones for better healing of your fracture.
For thoroughgoing care and management of your foot and ankle pain from a team of experts, contact Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute by phone or online today.