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At OAK Orthopedics, the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our doctors have the knowledge and experience to treat a variety of ankle conditions and injuries.
An ankle injury can leave you sidelined, preventing you from playing sports, going to work, or carrying out simple household activities. If left untreated, even a minor ankle injury can become severe. The good news is that treatment is available for those suffering from ankle pain. By visiting one of our ankle doctors, you can receive an accurate diagnosis and a clear path toward treatment.
Our doctors treat ankle conditions of all kinds. Some of the most common sources of ankle injuries include:
- Ankle arthritis
- Ankle deformity
- Ankle fractures
- Ankle sprains
- Injury from sports or exercise
- Ligament damage
- Plantar fasciitis
In addition, our ankle specialists see patients suffering from heel pain, big toe pain, and other forms of foot pain. We can also provide diabetic foot care to those in need.
When you first visit one of our ankle doctors, you'll receive a complete medical evaluation. This may include the use of imaging technology, such as X-rays. From there, your specialist will be able to reach an accurate diagnosis and recommend the best treatment or procedure to relieve your ankle pain. Sometimes, this can involve surgery, though typically, a nonsurgical method is tried first.
Nonsurgical care for a hurt ankle may involve the use of ice, heat, or compression. In some cases, temporarily wearing a brace or orthotic device can help. Additionally, stretching and physical therapy can often go a long way toward treating ankle and foot problems.
If surgery is ultimately the best option, there are many different surgical procedures available. Following ankle surgery, you can expect to be off your feet and recovering for a few days. During this time, medication can be administered to minimize your discomfort, and ice is recommended to control swelling. The worst of the pain will subside after just a couple of days; although, it may be a matter of weeks before you're back to 100 percent mobility.
An important part of the recovery process is physical therapy. Typically, physical therapy will begin the day after your procedure, and it's an important way to ensure that your body is healing quickly and properly. Your ankle surgeon will speak with you about the details of the recovery process. No matter the cause of your ankle pain, an ankle doctor can provide you with relief and return you to full mobility.
Specializing in What Moves You at OAK Orthopedics
At OAK Orthopedics, our world-class team of orthopedic experts is devoted to providing customized treatment plans focused on each patient's individual needs and goals.
Our specialty-trained ankle doctors, Dr. Wesley Choy, Dr. Alexander E. Michalow, Dr. Michael Corcoran, Dr. Rajeev Puri, Dr. Eddie Jones Jr., Dr. Timothy Friedrich, and Dr. Tom Antkowiak, have extensive experience in treating a variety of ankle conditions and injuries. Nonsurgical methods will always be recommended first before considering surgery. However, there are situations in which conservative treatments will not provide adequate relief, and ankle surgery is the best option to fix the problem. Our ankle surgeons are skilled in performing many surgical procedures for the ankle and foot and utilize state-of-the-art technology in doing so. Rest assured that when you see one of our specialists, you're in the care of the region's most preferred orthopedic providers.
If you have ankle pain that you'd like to have evaluated, we encourage you to contact our team of orthopedic doctors today at one of our three locations in Bradley, Frankfort, or Watseka. Call (815) 928-8050 for our Bradley or Watseka office or (815) 469-3452 for our Frankfort office, or request an appointment online with one of our experienced ankle surgeons.