Most often, orthopedic foot specialists see patients with issues falling into these four categories:
These common types of foot and ankle injuries, most of which involve multiple structures, including soft tissues, bones, joints, and nerves, often occur as a result of slip-and-fall accidents, improper footwear, sports injuries, and car accidents.
Other injuries occur because of diseases like arthritis or diabetes, or conditions such as bunions or corns that either decrease sensations in the foot or cause painful areas that can result in an imbalanced or unstable gait.
Some other common injuries and disorders of the foot include:
Depending on the cause of the pain, your doctor may determine that your foot should be treated without surgery. In this case, your doctor may recommend:
If none of these treatments work, then your orthopedic specialist may conclude that foot surgery is necessary.
Your doctor carefully inspects the foot with a thorough physical examination. Imaging tests including X-rays, MRIs, or other diagnostic imaging are then used to test the structure of the foot and to plan surgery to achieve the best possible outcome. Some foot injuries are treatable with nonsurgical care; other injuries, like complex fractures and ligament or tendon tears, most often require surgery to repair. Many issues affecting the structures or surfaces of the joint, including advanced arthritis, also require surgery.
Even if you don’t know what’s causing it, if you’re experiencing foot pain, seeing an orthopedic foot specialist is a good idea. At Greater Austin Orthopaedics, the expert orthopedic foot specialists can diagnose the cause of your foot pain and start you on a treatment plan. Call us or request an appointment online.