Foot and Ankle Pain Specialist
Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Pain Doctor in Spartanburg, Duncan, and Greenville, SC
At Carolina Orthopaedic & Neurosurgical Associates, we have treated both pediatric and adult disorders of the lower extremities for over 35 years. Our Foot & Ankle Center offers some of the most advanced treatments and surgical techniques to relieve and even eliminate most foot and ankle pain and lower extremity problems.
There are a variety of spinal conditions and disorders that our specialists treat. If you do not see a condition below, please contact our office and we will answer any questions you may have.
Common Foot & Ankle Conditions
Foot & Ankle Arthritis
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Flatfeet, also called flatfoot, is a common condition in which the arches on the inside of the feet flatten out when they are put under pressure. When people with flatfeet stand up, their feet point outward and their whole soles touch the floor.
Flatfeet can happen if the arches don’t form when a child is young. It can also happen later in life because of an accident or just normal wear and tear.
Muscle & Tendon Strains
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Achilles Tendon Rupture (Tear)
A ruptured Achilles tendon is an injury that happens in the back of your lower leg. It usually happens to people who play sports, but anyone can suffer from this injury.
The Achilles tendon is a strong, fibrous cord that connects the muscles in the back of your leg to the heel bone. If you overstretch your Achilles tendon, it can tear (rupture) all the way or partially.
Foot & Ankle surgery is suggested only when all other options have been exhausted. Our Foot & Ankle Center Experts are dedicated to treating patients with the most effective course of treatment available.
Foot & Ankle Injury Prevention
Foot and ankle injuries seem to be most common in sports, especially those with running, like soccer, and quick direction and speed changes, such as tennis. There are many precautions people can take to reduce the risk of getting a foot or an ankle injury. Below are a few of the many ways to help avoid injury:
- Warm Up – A slow jog for about three minutes can help get the blood flowing and warm up the muscles; light stretching can help with a warm-up as well
- Condition Your Muscles for the Sport or Activity – The amount of time playing the sport or participating in the activity should be gradually increased for weeks to help build up muscle strength and mobility that is needed for the particular activity or sport
- Choose The Correct Shoes – It is important to get shoes that are specifically designed for your feet. For example, if you have low arches, make sure to get shoes that offer more support at the arches of the foot. Shoes should be replaced when the tread begins to wear
- Avoid Running on Uneven Surfaces – Be careful on uneven, rocky terrain when running. Holes, tree stumps, and roots are all big issues for those who participate in trail running
- Prevent Recurrent Injuries – Someone who has suffered from ankle injuries in the past, such as an ankle sprain, should wear a brace or tape to help prevent another sprain from happening
Listen to Your Body – One of the most important things you can do is listen to your body. If you begin to experience pain in the ankle or foot during any activity, you should limit, stop, or modify that activity until the pain subsides.
Common Foot & Ankle Treatments
Achilles Tendon Repair
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The feet and ankles are some of the most complex and impacted areas of the body. This means frequent injuries that are often misdiagnosed. It is vital to get the proper care, treatment, and rehabilitation to regain movement and strength.
Symptoms for Foot & Ankle Injuries
There are very many different types of foot and ankle injuries that anyone at any age can come across. For the more complex, musculoskeletal issues, patients should seek care from qualified orthopedic specialists, like us here at Carolina Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Associates. Below is a list of some of the many foot and ankle injury symptoms:
- Popping noise or sensation
- Heel pain
- Unable to bear weight
Treatment for Foot & Ankle Injuries
There are many different treatment options for foot and ankle injuries. One of the most common ways to help reduce swelling and pain is to use RICE therapy; rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Many minor injuries heal on their own in just a few days using RICE therapy, however, some may need some more in-depth treatment.