Foot & Ankle Specialist

Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC

Orthopaedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialists located in West Des Moines, IA, Ankeny, IA, & Indianola, IA

Foot and ankle problems are common, especially in those who are active, like athletes and dancers. Mobility problems are challenging at any age, so if you have foot and ankle problems, you need the highly experienced team at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC. They have the sports medicine skills and specialist facilities you need to restore fitness after injury, and exceptional surgical skills if your condition calls for surgery. Call one of their branches in Clive, Ankeny, or Indianola, Iowa, to find out more or book an appointment online.

Foot & Ankle Q & A

Why do I have foot and ankle problems?

There are numerous reasons why you might have foot and ankle problems. Within each foot and ankle you have 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Therefore it’s not surprising that foot and ankle problems are so common. Your feet and ankles have to support your weight every day, and enable you to run, jump, twist, and turn at will. Furthermore, many people choose to wear shoes that force their feet into unnatural positions, adding to the stresses and strains.

There are some types of athletes who have an increased risk of foot and ankle injuries because of the nature of their activities, for example:

  • Dancers
  • Gymnasts
  • Runners
  • Basketball players
  • Soccer players

As you get older, loss of bone strength and muscle mass means you’re more likely to injure your feet and ankles.

What are some common foot and ankle problems?

Some of the more frequently occurring foot and ankle problems include:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Ankle sprains
  • Cysts
  • Hammertoes
  • Achilles ruptures
  • Fractures
  • Ligament tears
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Bone spurs

Minor injuries often heal naturally, but if you have foot or ankle pain that’s severe or persists longer than a few days, you should visit the team at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC.

How are foot and ankle problems treated?

Treatment for foot and ankle problems varies depending on the cause of your symptoms. Therefore, an accurate diagnosis is the first step. The team at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, has state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities on site, including X-ray, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), and EMG (electromyography for nerve conduction studies).

Using these advanced technologies and their considerable expertise and experience, the team can give you a prompt diagnosis and prepare an appropriate treatment plan.

Initial treatments for injuries include resting the affected foot or ankle and using hot and cold packs or compresses to ease your pain and reduce swelling. If you have a fracture, you might need a cast or splint to hold the broken bones in position while they heal. Tendon and ligament problems might benefit from wearing a brace to stabilize the ankle.

Physical therapy usually forms an essential part of treating foot and ankle problems. Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine has a fully equipped physical therapy facility onsite to optimize your results. In some cases, you might need medication to reduce inflammation, such as cortisone injections into the ankle joint.

If conservative treatments aren’t working, you might require surgery. Injuries like compound fractures and ruptured ligaments would also need surgery because these types of injuries can’t heal properly without surgical intervention.

If you have pain in your foot or ankle, call Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC today or book an appointment online.