No one wants to miss out on doing the things they enjoy. Whether gardening, skiing, playing sports, or going on hikes, foot and ankle conditions can limit your life. If you are experiencing discomfort in your foot or ankle, the EmergeOrtho—Blue Ridge Region foot and ankle doctors offer expert care in recognizing the injuries and podiatry conditions affecting your lowest extremities. Our fellowship-trained foot and ankle specialists will use their knowledge to determine your exact condition and provide the best options to get you back on your feet and return to what you love. With years of training and experience, you can trust that our foot and ankle doctors and orthopedic surgeons will provide you with the best care and support for your recovery, no matter the condition.

To ensure a proper diagnosis, our team uses their knowledge, experience, and advanced diagnostic tools to examine your foot and ankle thoroughly.

How a Foot Doctor can Diagnose and Treat Foot and Ankle Conditions

Despite foot and ankle conditions making it difficult to perform everyday duties, some people may try to push through their pain. Athletes may try to play through their discomfort, which can send them to the sidelines with a significant injury. Ignoring the symptoms may cause your foot and ankle issues to worsen, which may cause more problems in the long run and even prolong recovery time. If you experience any of the following symptoms, schedule an appointment with an EmergeOrtho—Blue Ridge Region foot doctor:

A doctor examines a patient’s casted foot.

  • Constant foot and ankle pain, especially lasting over two weeks
  • Swelling or tenderness
  • Difficulty walking
  • Pain when standing still
  • Stiffness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Noticeable deformity
  • Changes in the color of toenails or skin

Upon examination, EmergeOrtho—Blue Ridge Region foot doctors will evaluate and treat you for many potential conditions including, but not limited to:

  • Bunions
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Sports injuries (including stress fractures, acute and chronic ankle sprains, or subtalar instability)
  • Ruptured or Torn Achilles
  • Ankle Instability
  • Ankle Arthritis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Fractures
  • Neuromas
  • Broken Ankle
  • Cavovarus Foot Deformity
  • Flatfoot
  • Hammertoe
  • Forefoot Deformities
  • Excision Morton’s (Interdigital) Neuroma
  • Charcot Arthropathy and Reconstruction
  • Soft Tissue Masses/Cysts of the foot and ankle
  • Arthritic conditions (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gouty arthritis, etc.)
  • Skin lesions/masses
  • Toenail pathology/problems (ingrown, infected, painful, etc.)

After your diagnosis, your EmergeOrtho—Blue Ridge Region foot and ankle specialist will discuss the necessary treatment measures for you to recover properly. Every case is different, and depending on the severity of your foot and ankle condition, your foot doctor will provide you with the best treatment plan for your specific condition. In many cases, some patients may only require nonsurgical treatments such as physical therapy for recovery. Others may need to see a foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon to repair the damage properly. Treatment options include:

  • Total ankle replacement and reconstruction
  • Ankle arthroscopy

Though surgery may be an option, the EmergeOrtho—Blue Ridge Region foot doctors will only suggest surgery if it is absolutely necessary.

Regardless of your condition or treatment path, EmergeOrtho—Blue Ridge Region’s foot and ankle specialists will ensure you receive the best care available. Click here to schedule your appointment to meet with one of our foot doctors to Emerge Stronger, Healthier, and Better.