Foot and Ankle Care

Foot and ankle injuries can be very complicated to treat. In order to properly recover and to avoid future pain or recurring injuries, you should see an experienced orthopedic specialist for foot and ankle care. As soon as you experience trauma to the foot or ankle, an orthopedic doctor at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute can diagnose your condition and offer treatment options to help you fully recover. This includes making sure that your bones realign properly and you regain maximum function as you heal, especially in cases where surgery is necessary.

What are the most common foot and ankle injuries?

The most common foot and ankle injuries we treat at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute are sprains, strains, and fractures.

Ankle Sprains

An ankle sprain occurs when the outer, supportive ligaments of the ankle tear. The severity of an ankle sprain can range from a minor injury to so severe that the ligaments are completely torn, causing extreme pain and a loose feeling in the ankle.

Patients who experience recurrent ankle sprains may suffer from weakened ligaments in the ankle, known as ankle instability. Repeated ankle sprains may lead to more serious ankle problems, including bruised cartilage between the heel and the shin or bone spurs around the ankle. Eventually, these problems can cause foot and ankle arthritis.

Fractures

The ankle is made up of three bones, and the foot is made up of 26 bones. Fractures can occur in any of these bones, usually the result of trauma, such as falling from a height. Fractures are commonly seen in patients who participate in sports or who have weakened bones.

What causes foot and ankle injuries?

Ankle and foot injuries are most commonly the result of trauma in patients who participate in sports or who have jobs that require physical strain. The most common causes of foot and ankle injuries include:

  • Falling or landing improperly on the foot or ankle
  • Blow to the foot or ankle
  • Sudden twisting movement

What are the symptoms of an ankle or foot injury?

Because a severe sprain can often mask the symptoms of a fracture, every injury to the foot and ankle should be examined by a physician. Your foot or ankle injury may warrant a consultation with a MedStar Orthopaedic Institute physician if you have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Immediate and severe pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising and tenderness
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Difficulty walking or putting weight on the injured foot or ankle
  • Lump or visible deformity

How are foot and ankle injuries diagnosed?

The orthopedic surgeons at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute are experts at diagnosing the full range of foot and ankle injuries. During an initial exam with one of our specialists, we will likely conduct the following:

  • Medical history evaluation – Your physician will ask you questions about your pain level, when the pain began, prior relevant injuries or health issues, and other medical information.
  • Physical exam – Your ankle is examined to evaluate its structure and any abnormalities.
  • Imaging testing – Often, X-rays, bone scans, CT scans, or MRI scans are needed to accurately diagnose your ankle injury.

What are the best foot and ankle injuries treatment options?

Foot and ankle pain treatment options will vary based on the severity and location of your injury. Our orthopedists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute will examine your injury carefully, make recommendations for treatment, and closely monitor your healing process. Our physicians may recommend a combination of non-surgical and surgical treatment options, followed by physical therapy to rebuild strength and ease of movement in the foot or ankle. The following conservative treatment options may be recommended when injuries are minor:

  • Ice
  • Elevation
  • Rest
  • Pain medication
  • Splints or casts

 

In instances where conservative treatment options are unsuccessful or your injury has caused the bones in your foot or ankle to shift out of place, you may need surgery to restore the proper alignment. In these cases, our physicians may recommend one of the following advanced surgical options:

 

If you are suffering from an ankle or foot injury, call 202-295-0511 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. Our doctors have years of experience diagnosing and treating foot and ankle conditions and are pleased to offer comprehensive foot and ankle care in the Washington, D.C. area.

Our Specialists

Foot & Ankle

Nicholas D. Casscells, MD
Foot & Ankle Surgery

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
Paul Stuart Cooper, MD
Foot & Ankle Surgery

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Francis X. McGuigan, MD
Foot & Ankle Surgery

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Trauma/Broken Bones & Fractures


MedStar Washington Hospital Center

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

General Orthopedics

John P. Byrne, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge
Dennis A. Carlini, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lorton
Shaun Kumar Khosla, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lorton
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
Bruce Robert Knolmayer, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Kevin McMahon, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Edward C. Rabbitt, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
Jeffrey D. Sabloff, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf

Locations

3800 Reservoir Road Northwest Washington, DC, 20007
Phone: 202-444-8766
18109 Prince Philip Drive, Suite 325 Olney, MD, 20832
Phone: 301-774-8958
106 Irving Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20010
Phone: 202-877-6000
1120 20th Street Northwest, Building 1 South Washington, DC, 20036
Phone: 202-416-2000
13950 Brandywine Road, 2nd Floor Brandywine, MD, 20613
Phone: 301-856-1682
6355 Walker Lane, Suite 501 Alexandria, VA, 22310
Phone: 703-971-3701
12825 Minnieville Road, Suite 203 Woodbridge, VA, 22192
Phone: 703-971-3701
11325 Pembrooke Square, Suite 115 Waldorf, MD, 20603
Phone: 301-856-1682