Foot & Ankle Care | Fishersville, VA
Foot & Ankle Care
Shenandoah Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine provides a wide range of treatment for conditions concerning the foot and ankle. Problems with the foot and ankle can seriously hinder mobility and the ability to perform jobs or important tasks. It is critical to investigate the cause of your foot or ankle pain as it may become more serious over time.
The sports medicine and orthopedic specialists at Shenandoah Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine offer thorough evaluation, accurate diagnosis and expert care in the treatment of foot and ankle conditions. Proper diagnosis may mean the difference between a manageable condition and a long-term disability. Our team of experienced and skilled orthopedic specialists and sports medicine physicians provide exceptional care for the foot and ankle helping you return to what you love.
Common Conditions of the Foot & Ankle
The foot and ankle are both complex structures containing many bones, tendons and ligaments. Both the foot and ankle endure constant weight bearing stress. Pain generally does not subside without proper treatment. Common conditions that may cause pain in the foot and ankle include:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Ankle pain
- Foot pain
- Stress fractures
- Plantar fasciitis
- Improper foot wear (shoes too small or unsupportive)
- Heel pain
Symptoms of foot and ankle conditions include:
- Difficulty walking
- Decrease in range of motion
Treatment for Foot & Ankle Conditions
Our providers have extensive knowledge and clinical experience in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of all types of foot and ankle injuries and conditions. We provide our patients with personalized care that includes both conservative and surgical treatment, physical therapy and in-house custom made orthotics and braces.
Minor injuries of the foot and ankle, such as sprains, can be treated with the RICE protocol. You should begin the RICE protocol at home as soon as possible after your injury.
- Rest your ankle by not walking on it.
- Ice should be applied immediately to keep the swelling down. It can be used for 20 to 30 minutes, three or four times daily. Do not apply ice directly to your skin.
- Compression dressings or ace-wrap bandages will immobilize and support your injured ankle.
- Elevate your ankle above the level of your heart as often as possible during the first 48 hours post-injury.
Conservative treatment for foot & ankle conditions may include:
- Anti- inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or prescription NSAIDs may offer temporary relief of pain.
- An orthotic boot to limit the movement of your foot or ankle while still allowing mobility.
- Physical therapy to restore function, strength and movement.
- Steroid injections to reduce inflammation and pain.
For some patients, surgical treatment is necessary to ease pain and restore function. Shenandoah Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine’ surgical specialist use minimally invasive surgical procedures (or arthroscopic surgery) as it offers less discomfort and scarring and a shorter recovery time, getting you back on your feet as quickly as possible.