Foot & Ankle
Pain that makes it difficult to run, walk, or even stand up puts a huge limitation on your lifestyle. When a patient has foot pain, ankle problems that develop over time, or if they have suffered a traumatic injury that requires medical attention, a foot and ankle specialist can help.
At Alabama Orthopedic Specialists, our orthopedic foot doctor and ankle specialist, Dr. D. D. Thornbury, offers the unique expertise you need to heal from injuries and conditions of the foot, ankle, and heel. As a fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon, he can expertly pinpoint the source and cause of your foot, ankle, or heel pain and advise you on your treatment options.
What Is a Foot & Ankle Doctor?
Foot and ankle specialists understand how a single traumatic incident or long-term conditions develop and affect your daily life. Additionally, they can identify and correct foot deformities, including flatfoot and even bunions caused by ill-fitting shoes. Some foot specialists, physicians known as podiatrists, treat foot health issues such as plantar warts, diabetic neuromas, and ingrown toenails. Other foot specialists, like Dr. D. D. Thornbury, are medical doctors trained in orthopedics who offer an array of treatment options for more complex problems and have an understanding of how the feet and ankles affect the whole musculoskeletal system.
Some foot or ankle conditions can be treated with a nonsurgical approach, such as physical therapy, orthotics, or an anti-inflammatory medication. If the ankle or foot condition is more severe, the specialist may recommend surgery to address it. A foot doctor may recommend a surgical procedure like lapiplasty to improve their patient’s foot-related condition. For some traumatic injuries or conditions such as ankle arthritis, an ankle surgeon may need to perform a surgery like ankle replacement.
If you have an ankle injury or foot problem, review the checklist below for examples of common symptoms. If you are experiencing any of them, seek out a doctor who is specialty-trained in orthopedic foot care and ankle disorders.
- Ankle instability
- Ankle joint is stiff and impossible to rotate
- Heel pain
- Large bump has developed on the side of the big toe
- Pain running along the bottom of the foot
- Pins-and-needles or numbness in the foot
- Swollen ankle
Common Foot & Ankle Conditions
Sports and overuse injuries commonly affect the foot and ankle. Examples of these foot and ankle issues are fractures as well as injuries to the tendons and ligaments. Some conditions develop over time and can progressively get worse if they go untreated. An example is plantar fasciitis, a foot issue where the large band of tissue that runs under the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed due to repetitive use.
Common foot-related or ankle issues your foot and ankle doctor may diagnose include:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Ankle dislocation
- Ankle sprain
- Ligament tear
- Lisfranc (midfoot) injury
- Sports-related injury
- Tendon rupture
Specialized. In Your Foot & Ankle Care.
As the only subspecialty-trained orthopedic group in Montgomery and Wetumpka, at Alabama Orthopedic Specialists, all of our fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons strive for excellence in patient-centered care. As part of this dedication, our foot doctor and ankle specialist is highly experienced in successfully treating patients who are experiencing debilitating ankle pain or foot pain. He has obtained years of specialized medical training, followed by decades of clinical experience treating patients just like you.
Our highly skilled foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. D. D. Thornbury, is fellowship-trained in foot and ankle surgery and board-certified in orthopedic surgery. He offers patients evidence-based nonoperative treatment options as well as a range of surgeries using state-of-the-art techniques.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
For a one-on-one consultation with our ankle and foot care specialist in Montgomery at our Main Campus or Pavilion Clinic or in Prattville or Wetumpka, call (334) 274-9000 today or request an appointment online.