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At Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists, our specialty-trained ankle doctors in Wichita and Arkansas City are experts in providing evaluation and treatment for ankle injuries and conditions.
Ankle conditions on their own, or ankle injuries along with related foot issues, can cause considerable pain. People with ankle pain caused by injuries and conditions relating to the ankle may go to a doctor who specializes in ankle treatment for relief.
Ankle doctors are specialty-trained experts who can help, applying their advanced training to care for patients with ankle issues and injuries, whether they need treatment for a tendon problem, treatment to relieve arthritis pain, or a type of foot or ankle surgery.
During the appointment with an ankle specialist, the doctor may manipulate the patient's ankle and foot to assess the damage and make a diagnosis. An imaging test, such as an X-ray, may also be required, especially if surgery is being considered.
While some ankle issues heal quickly on their own, others may not improve without ankle surgery. If a surgical procedure is needed, the ankle specialist or surgeon can perform the surgery as well as offer care during recovery and rehabilitation.
Many ankle doctors and surgeons also have knowledge about foot conditions and injuries, since some ankle and foot issues are related. If a patient has a foot (podiatric) issue, the ankle specialist may consult with a foot specialist (podiatrist) or refer the patient to a foot surgeon for surgery. Or, if the patient has diabetes and diabetic foot pain (neuropathy), the ankle doctor may refer the patient to a diabetic foot care doctor.
Ankle Symptoms of Concern
These experiences and symptoms can be related to foot and ankle problems and may be familiar to you:
- Ankle buckles while walking
- Ankle joint pain
- Difficulty using the foot properly
- Heel pain
- Lower leg pain
- Pain in the big toe
- Pins-and-needles sensation
- Swelling around the ankle
- Unsteadiness while standing
Common Ankle Conditions & Injuries
Since foot and ankle issues can be related, a doctor or surgeon may diagnose you with one of the following ankle or foot injuries or conditions:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Ankle or foot fracture
- Ingrown toenail
- Plantar fasciitis
- Sprain (common sports injury)
- Stress fracture
- Tendon or ligament tear
- Twisted ankle
Exceptional Ankle Care at Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists
When you visit Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists in Wichita or Arkansas City, you’ll meet with one of our board-certified ankle doctors, Dr. Bradley Bruner, Dr. Phillip Hagan, or Dr. Damion Walker. These fellowship-trained medical experts treat patients just like you, helping restore them to better health and an improved quality of life. They not only provide medical care, but they also have a deep understanding of the challenges patients with ankle issues face and know how to listen to and address your questions and concerns.
Our ankle doctors always strive to recommend a nonsurgical treatment option first. Through their diagnostic process, they will be able to determine if a nonoperative treatment, such as physical therapy or medication, will be the best approach.
However, if ankle surgery is needed, our ankle experts will apply their advanced skills to perform surgery, using our state-of-the-art technology. They'll be with you every step of the way, from your first consultation, during your procedure, and through your recovery and rehabilitation, whether you are having ankle arthroplasty, ankle replacement surgery, or another type of surgery.
Our doctors in Wichita and Arkansas City can assess and diagnose your condition and then consult with you about what treatment plan may be best for you. Sometimes, our ankle doctors may also consult with other providers at Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists about your condition. This opportunity for experts to share knowledge and perspective in order to deliver optimal patent care is just one of the many benefits of being treated by the doctors at Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists.