Ankle injuries can happen without warning, such as from a fall, or from wear and tear due to everyday activity. Even wearing the wrong pair of shoes or boots can bring about serious pain or injury. When an ankle injury occurs, it not only causes pain, but often the foot and ankle’s ability to function is disrupted, depending on how the bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons have been damaged.
When to Visit an Ankle Doctor Near You
It may be time to visit a foot and ankle specialist or surgeon if you think you may be suffering from an ankle injury or condition and/or are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Sudden, intense ankle pain even when you’re sitting
- Pain whenever you try to bend or flex your foot
- Ankle pain that has lingered for more than two weeks
- Ankle swelling that gets worse instead of better
- Stiffness or weakness that makes walking difficult
If any of these symptoms are familiar to you, you should make an appointment to see an ankle doctor. At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our ankle doctors offer treatments for ankle problems that range from nonsurgical to minimally invasive surgical procedures.
Common orthopaedic conditions and injuries our ankle experts treat include:
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Tendonitis (medically referred to as tendinitis)
If your ankle injury or condition is too painful and needs to be treated promptly, visit our walk-in Rapid Orthopaedic Care clinic for acute injuries every day of the week, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
Why choose the Foot & Ankle Center at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates?
Choosing the right doctor is important, and there are many different factors you should consider, including their level of professional training and expertise.
At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our foot and ankle doctors have had additional training in a specific area of the body or medical specialty. This additional training is referred to as fellowship training. Following their medical residencies, our providers have undergone fellowship training focusing their education specifically on the advanced knowledge and skills needed to treat specific areas of the body or injuries and conditions relating to a specific medical specialty, such as the foot and ankle. At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, you are in excellent hands because our foot and ankle doctors are fellowship-trained and have the advanced knowledge and skills to treat your injury or condition individually to meet your needs. With this advanced training, Dr. Bradley C. Christ, Dr. Timothy A. DuMontier, Dr. Dominic Femiano, Dr. Tracy Hamblin, Dr. Richard J. Lamour, and Dr. Ryan E. Will have the experience and expertise to assess, diagnose, and treat your ankle injury or condition.
To consult with our Olympia Orthopaedic Associates specialists about your treatment options, please request an appointment online or call (360) 709-6230. At our Foot & Ankle Center, we offer consultations with a foot and ankle doctor Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
You can learn more about the conditions we treat through our patient education resources or our Online Guide to Sports Medicine that references specific topics relating to nutrition and fitness for athletes of all ages, including high school, collegian, weekend warrior, and professional athletes.
Ankle Wellness Tips
Staying active, being proactive, and building healthy habits are key to preventing, reducing, or avoiding future joint pain. Here are some techniques you can use to help protect your ankle joints:
- Try Swimming: Swimming is an excellent form of exercise if you experience ankle pain, since it is a non-weight-bearing sport.
- Keep Moving: Joints usually become stiffer if they are not moved. To avoid this, rotate your ankle joints as well as extend and flex them frequently throughout the day. As a reminder, or until you have built this as a regular habit, set an alarm as a reminder.
- Wear the Right Shoes: If you don’t have the right shoes, you could be causing further damage to your ankles every day. Get rid of any shoes that cause pain, and take the time to find a good pair that properly supports your foot and ankles.