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At Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center, our specialty-trained ankle doctors are recognized experts in providing evaluation and treatment for a variety of ankle injuries and conditions.

Ankle pain can stem from any number of causes, including simple sprains, fractures, or sports injuries. No matter the cause of your ankle pain, seeking the proper medical treatment is crucial. Ankle pain can sometimes be disabling, making it challenging to carry out even the simplest of daily activities. By making an appointment with a foot or ankle doctor, you can learn more about the medical options that are available to you.

What Do Ankle Doctors Treat?

Ankle specialists treat a number of different conditions, which include:

  • Ankle arthritis
  • Ankle sprains
  • Diabetic foot complications
  • Fractures
  • Other conditions involving tendons or ligaments
  • Sports injuries

If you experience pain from any of these ankle problems, make an appointment with a doctor sooner rather than later.

When Should You Seek Help With Your Ankle?

In particular, it is important to meet with an ankle surgery specialist if you exhibit any of the following symptoms:

  • The pain from your ankle condition makes it hard for you to complete everyday tasks
  • You cannot put weight on your foot without experiencing pain
  • You have a visible break, deformity, or open wound
  • You have severe swelling in your ankle
  • You have the signs of an infection, including redness, swelling, or warmth

What Kinds of Treatments Are Available From an Ankle Doctor?

When you visit a doctor who specializes in ankle care, you will first receive a physical examination, which allows your doctor to determine the underlying cause of your problem and may involve the use of imaging, such as X-rays.

From there, your ankle doctor will walk you through possible treatment options, which may include surgical procedures as well as nonsurgical options.

For patients who do not require surgery, the options available include exercise and physical therapy. In some instances, ice, heat, and compression may be employed. The use of a brace or splint can sometimes be helpful, as well.

Do You Need to Meet With an Ankle Specialist?

If you've struggled with ankle injuries or discomfort in your foot, we urge you to seek relief. Reach out to an orthopedic specialist today and learn more about the treatment options that are available to you.

The Region's Most Comprehensive Ankle Care

At the Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center, our experienced doctors and staff are proud to offer exceptional orthopedic care to people throughout the communities of northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas. Our doctors are available at our office in St. Joseph, Missouri, as well as at the Northwest Medical Center in Albany, Missouri, the Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton, Missouri, the Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, and the Hiawatha Community Hospital in Hiawatha, Kansas.

Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Daniel Smith, Dr. William Humphreys, Dr. Corey Trease, and Dr. Brian Duncan, have years of experience in treating patients with a variety of ankle injuries or conditions. Our orthopedic ankle surgeons have the knowledge and skills to perform a thorough evaluation and provide an accurate diagnosis and viable treatment options. Conservative methods will always be recommended first, but there are some cases when ankle surgery is required to help eliminate pain and restore proper function.

If an ankle injury or condition is keeping you from living the life you love, schedule an appointment with one of our specialty-trained ankle surgeons by requesting an appointment online or calling (816) 233-9888.

For those urgent injuries that require immediate attention and can't wait for an appointment, visit our OSMC Today Walk-In Clinic.