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At Casper Orthopedics, our fellowship-trained ankle doctors are the experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating ankle injuries and conditions.
Ankle doctors are medical experts who use their specialized knowledge and skills to treat people who are coping with ankle pain. They are uniquely qualified to offer the highest level of expert care regarding the ankle. This is because ankle doctors have not only studied the ankle and its conditions in depth but also have treated patients who are dealing with ankle issues on a regular basis.
Experienced ankle doctors can often know what a patient’s ankle issue is, just by listening to a patient describe his or her symptoms. Then, by following up with a physical exam and any necessary imaging (such as X-rays), they can diagnose and assess the extent of the ankle injury or condition and offer expert recommendations for treatment.
While ankle doctors frequently treat common injuries like sprained ankles or fractures, they also work with patients who may be suffering from ankle or foot pain due to a form of arthritis, gout, ligament or tendon tears, or another issue that may require a more complex treatment approach, such as medication, physical therapy, or surgery.
When Should You Visit an Ankle Doctor?
It's important to be aware of the specific issues surrounding your ankle pain so you can tell your ankle doctor specifically what you are experiencing. Sharing this information with your doctor can help him or her better understand what might be causing your pain and what treatments to offer. Here are some common symptoms that people with ankle conditions experience:
- Ankle buckles unexpectedly when you walk or bear weight on it
- Ankle joint is stiff, painful, and hard to move
- Ankle swells to more than twice its size
- Feeling unsteady when you are on your feet due to instability in the ankle
- Inflammation, redness, or soreness in and around the ankle
- Pain that has settled on the outside of your ankle
If you have any of these symptoms or are experiencing another type of ankle or foot pain, you may have one of the following medical conditions:
- Damaged Achilles tendon
- Ligament or cartilage damage
- Osteophyte (bone spur)
- Sprains or strains
To treat your ankle condition or injury, our ankle doctors will exhaust all conservative treatment options before recommending surgery. Please be assured that if ankle surgery is necessary, our surgeons use state-of-the-art technology to perform the latest surgical procedures.
Our ankle specialists understand that ankle and foot pain can alter your daily lifestyle and are dedicated to getting you back to the activities you love. To schedule an appointment at one of our four locations in Casper, Douglas, Riverton, or Worland, please call (307) 265-7205 or click on the Appointment Request button.
If immediate attention is required for your ankle injury or condition, you can visit our OrthoCare Now at our Casper location on Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is necessary.
Experience Proven Results at Casper Orthopedics
Our board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons at Casper Orthopedics, Eric H. Linford, M.D., Matthew E. Mitchell, M.D., and Daniel W. White, M.D., provide compassionate, experienced orthopedic care for injuries and conditions of the foot and ankle. When a doctor is fellowship-trained, it means they have completed an extra year of schooling that focused on a specific body part or area of specialty, like sports medicine. With this additional training, our ankle specialists have the knowledge and expertise to diagnose and treat your ankle condition or injury.
Working closely with our ankle surgeons, our specialty-trained physical and occupational therapists provide comprehensive rehabilitation services. Our entire team is focused on developing a treatment plan that is specific to your goals and needs in order to get you back to your active lifestyle.
To schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic ankle surgeons, please call (307) 265-7205 or request an appointment online.