At Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained ankle specialists are recognized experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients with ankle injuries and conditions.
Almost everyone hurts an ankle at some point in life. While many of these injuries are minor, other ankle problems can worsen without treatment from an ankle doctor.
Ankle doctors are medical experts who understand the full range of problems that can affect both the foot and ankle, from simple sprains to complex fractures. During a medical appointment, these ankle specialists may need to rotate the joint in order to better understand the issue. If the doctor needs more information, he or she may schedule an X-ray. This will help the doctor determine whether the injury should be treated through a nonsurgical approach or ankle surgery.
From youth athletes with sports-related injuries to older adults with arthritis who are considering surgery, ankle doctors care for a broad range of people. After assessing and consulting with the patient, the doctor is able to offer treatment solutions through surgery or another type of care.
When Should I See an Ankle Specialist?
Ankle conditions and injuries can have a variety of symptoms. Pay attention to these symptoms so that when you meet with a doctor, you can provide him or her with detailed information regarding your pain.
People with ankle problems often report symptoms such as:
- Ankle appears to be misshapen
- Foot or heel pain in addition to ankle pain
- Foot or toe movement causes pain
- Limping or walking with an unusual gait
- Sensation of bone rubbing against bone
- Unsteady feeling or pain when bearing weight
If any of these symptoms seem familiar, you may have one of the following ankle or foot issues:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Ankle sprain
- Flat feet
- Ligament damage
- Plantar fasciitis
What to Expect With Our Ankle Specialists
After a thorough assessment, which may include electrodiagnostic medicine or on-site imaging (including X-ray, MRI, and bone density scans), our foot and ankle team will work with you to determine a course of treatment. Our experts always consider nonsurgical options first, such as medication, physical therapy with one of our certified physical therapists, in-office orthobiologics, and weight management through the customized LeanMD health program.
When surgery is necessary, our ankle surgeons utilize the state-of-the-art Summit Surgical facility and employ the latest techniques to perform advanced procedures, such as ankle replacement and Achilles tendinosis repair surgery. Additionally, as part of our comprehensive Foot & Ankle Center, our ankle specialists are also highly-trained foot surgeons, offering expert foot assessments and the latest treatments to optimize your health.
The Strength of Experience at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics
At Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, we are dedicated to providing all our orthopedic experts, including our ankle specialists, with every tool and resource they may need. This includes state-of-the-art technology, a dedicated staff, and the strength that comes from working side-by-side with a team of orthopedic surgeons and medical experts.
Our specialty-trained, board-certified ankle doctors, Dr. Francis Glaser and Dr. Michele Schulz, have dedicated their medical practices to patients with orthopedic issues, including those who need comprehensive foot and ankle care. They are trained in the anatomy, function, and treatment of the ankle so that they can offer you a variety of surgical and nonsurgical solutions to get you back to what you love.
If you have an ankle injury or issue that is concerning you, contact us today at (559) 256-5200 or schedule an appointment online to receive the specialized ankle care you deserve.