Your foot and ankle help you balance, stand, and walk. These complex body parts are made up of many bones, ligaments, joints, muscles, and tendons that work together to keep you on your feet.
When trouble strikes, it’s important to seek help from foot and ankle care experts with the knowledge and expertise to help get you back on your feet faster and with a better prognosis. At Town Center Orthopaedic Associates in Centreville and Reston, Virginia, our providers help improve many foot and ankle conditions.
Here’s a closer look at how specialized care improves ten of the most common foot and ankle conditions.
1. Ankle sprains
Ankle sprains occur when you twist, turn, or roll your ankle unnaturally. This movement injures the ligaments that help keep your ankle bones together and functioning well. Foot and ankle care specialists evaluate and treat sprains to get you back on your feet faster.
2. Sports injuries
Athletes put added pressure on their feet and ankles, so when injury strikes, it’s important to get expert care. The team at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates offers specialized care to athletes who want to get back in the game and perform at their best.
Strong, fibrous bands of tissue called tendons hold together the bones in your feet and ankles, connecting tissue to bone and muscle and giving you the ability to move your feet. Overuse and inflammation can cause a painful condition called tendonitis. Seeing a foot and ankle specialist can help your condition improve and even prevent tendonitis in the future.
4. Plantar fasciitis
The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, connecting your heel with your toes. When it gets inflamed, it causes a painful condition called plantar fasciitis that can sideline you from physical activity. Early diagnosis and treatment can alleviate your pain and help heal the inflammation.
About one-third of American adults have or will develop bony bumps or protrusions at the joint where the big toe and foot meet. These painful bumps are called bunions, and if left untreated can create problems with walking, balance, and finding comfortable shoes. Bunions won’t go away on their own, but foot and ankle care can help.
6. Flat foot
Not everyone with flat feet has trouble, but for some people having flat feet makes it harder to walk and stand and can cause foot pain, hip pain, and more. Foot and ankle care specialists can help with conservative treatments and surgical intervention when required.
A fracture is a break in one or more of your foot or ankle bones. Sprains and fractures share many symptoms, including pain, swelling, and bruising, but with fractures it’s usually impossible to bear weight on the affected foot or ankle. Seeing a foot and ankle specialist is necessary since fractures that aren’t properly treated can cause serious and debilitating complications. Getting the right care, on the other hand, helps your condition improve.
Two tiny bones at the front of each foot connect directly to your other bones through tendons instead of joints. When the tendons around these bones become inflamed, you can develop a condition called sesamoiditis. Foot and ankle care helps diagnose this troublesome condition and provides the care you need to avoid long-term trouble.
Although ankle arthritis is 5-10 times less common than arthritis in larger joints, when it strikes it causes significant issues with mobility. Seeing a foot and ankle care expert ensures you get customized treatment for your joint, from custom orthotics to anti-inflammatory treatments to ankle surgery in severe cases.
Foot and ankle help
At Town Center Orthopaedic Associates, our team uses the latest in foot and ankle care to ensure effective treatment of many foot and ankle conditions. Most of our services are provided in-office for your comfort and convenience, and your provider always personalizes your treatment plan based on your symptoms and evaluation.
If you have a condition that can benefit from specialized foot and ankle care, call the Town Center Orthopaedic Associates office nearest you and schedule an evaluation. You can also request an appointment online now!