Foot & Ankle Care Specialist

Center for Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic Surgeons located in Lake Charles, LA & Jennings, LA

Millions of Americans are troubled by foot and ankle problems, like hammertoes, fractures, and flat feet. With early intervention and treatment, these and other problems are relatively easy to treat. At the Center for Orthopaedics, the experienced orthopedic surgeons provide a comprehensive suite of foot and ankle care, including minimally invasive surgery, physical therapy, and wound care. To make an appointment today at the practice in Lake Charles or Jennings, Louisiana, call the nearest office or schedule online.

Foot & Ankle Care Q & A

What is foot and ankle care?

Foot and ankle care diagnoses and treats musculoskeletal problems that affect the feet and ankles. The Center for Orthopaedics team has years of experience diagnosing and treating various problems, including:

  • Foot and ankle fractures
  • Foot and ankle sprains and strains
  • Ankle instability
  • Sports injuries of the foot and ankle
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoe
  • Flat feet
  • Foot and ankle nerve disorders
  • Foot and ankle arthritis
  • Pediatric foot and ankle conditions

The team also treats foot and ankle wounds.

Each of the providers on staff is dedicated to treating foot and ankle problems with precision and expertise. Using their years of knowledge and training, they can pinpoint the source of your discomfort and help you feel better.

When should I see an orthopedic specialist for foot and ankle care?

Most foot and ankle pain gets better on its own and responds to at-home treatments like ice, rest, and over-the-counter pain medication. If your symptoms continue or get worse, make an appointment with the Center for Orthopaedics team.

That’s especially true if the pain is severe, caused by an open wound, or prevents you from walking or putting weight on the foot or ankle.

What happens during a foot and ankle care appointment?

At the Center for Orthopaedics, a foot and ankle care appointment begins with reviewing your health history and a discussion of your symptoms. Afterward, your provider examines your foot or ankle, gently pressing on it to pinpoint areas of warmth, swelling, and/or tenderness.

Depending on the symptoms you experience, your provider might also have you do some easy stretches or range-of-motion exercises. They might also order diagnostic imaging like X-rays, CT, or MRI to rule out problems like a fracture or torn ligament.

How are foot and ankle problems treated?

At the Center for Orthopaedics, the team uses nonsurgical foot and ankle treatments whenever possible. Following a physical exam, a review of your health history, and a discussion of your symptoms, your provider might recommend:

  • General podiatry care
  • Arthritis care
  • Custom orthotics (shoe inserts)
  • Bracing
  • Foot and ankle wound care
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Athletic training
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Sports medicine
  • Bone health care

If conservative treatments don’t provide relief, the team might then recommend surgery. The Center for Orthopaedics offers several kinds of foot and ankle surgery, including:

  • Ankle replacement surgery
  • Ankle fusion surgery
  • Foot and ankle reconstructive surgery
  • Bunion surgery
  • Hammertoe surgery

To learn more about foot and ankle care at the Center for Orthopaedics, make an appointment today. Call the nearest office or click the online scheduling tool.