Los Angeles Orthopaedic Center
Orthopedic Surgeons located in Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Foot and ankle care can ease pain in the joints or bones and restore mobility where it is lost. At Los Angeles Orthopaedic Center in Downtown Los Angeles, board-certified orthopaedic specialists Marc Samson, MD, Tae Shin, MD, and the team offer foot and ankle care for worn-down joints and acute injuries affecting your range of motion. To find out more about the foot and ankle care options available, call the Los Angeles, California, office or request an appointment online today.
Foot and Ankle Care Q&A
What is foot and ankle care?
Your feet and ankles provide a supportive base for your entire body, allowing you to stand, walk, and run with stability. When something goes wrong with one or both of your feet and ankles, you can experience pain, instability, and a range of inconveniences due to compromised mobility.
Los Angeles Orthopaedic Center offers surgical and non-surgical care for the feet and ankles when injuries or long-term conditions affect their function. You can get individualized treatment for complications like:
- Ankle sprains and strains
- Ankle dislocations
- Foot fractures
- Plantar fasciitis
- Diabetic foot problems (e.g., ulcers, neuropathy)
The team assesses your ankles and feet with simple in-office tests during a physical exam. They can also use in-office imaging tests like X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging for a detailed view and more useful information about the damage.
What does foot and ankle care involve?
Foot and ankle care at Los Angeles Orthopaedic Center primarily involves non-surgical care for whichever injury or condition affects you. The team builds and customizes your treatment plan according to your individual needs and shares common goals of restoring your mobility and relieving pain.
Non-surgical treatment for foot and ankle problems may involve the use of a cast or splint for immobilization, which gives the damage an opportunity to heal. While using a cast or splint, you can also use crutches or other assistive devices to help you walk.
Medications like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, which you can get without a prescription, or steroid injections in the office at Los Angeles Orthopaedic Center can ease inflammation in your foot or ankle. Alongside activity modification and physical therapy, these treatments can result in major improvements and might help you avoid surgery.
If you need surgery, Los Angeles Orthopaedic Center offers several foot and ankle surgeries, including tendon release for plantar fasciitis and ankle replacement for advanced arthritis in the ankle.
How can I prevent foot and ankle problems?
In cases of arthritis and other long-term conditions, preventing foot and ankle problems altogether may not be possible. However, there’s a lot you can do to reduce your risk of developing other foot and ankle problems like ankle sprains and diabetes-related foot and ankle complications.
To avoid needing professional foot and ankle care, the team at Los Angeles Orthopaedic Center may recommend:
- Losing weight
- Managing your diabetes
- Wearing supportive footwear
- Using orthotics
- Avoiding running or walking on irregular surfaces
- Warming up before exercise
To get the best chance at a full recovery from a foot or ankle issue, you should report it right away and seek treatment if it doesn’t get better with home care.
To explore your options for foot and ankle care, call Los Angeles Orthopaedic Center, or request an appointment online today.
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