Foot And Ankle Specialist

Orthopedic Associates PA

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Farmington, NM

Your feet and ankles are complex, intricate structures that contain about 25% of all the bones in your body. Orthopedic surgeon Tyson Christensen, MD, and the team at Orthopedic Associates PA in Farmington, New Mexico, provide comprehensive foot and ankle care for patients of all ages. If you have foot or ankle pain, don’t hesitate to call the office or book an appointment online today.

Foot and Ankle Q&A

What causes foot and ankle pain?

From sports injuries and trauma to wearing shoes that don’t fit properly, many factors can contribute to foot and ankle pain. The team at Orthopedic Associates PA diagnoses and treats the full spectrum of foot and ankle problems, including:

 

  • Ankle sprains
  • Chronic ankle instability
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Toenail fungus
  • Plantar warts
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Gout

Some of these problems affect the skin and nails on your foot, such as toenail fungus and warts. Other conditions affect the bones and soft tissues inside your foot and ankle, such as arthritis and tendonitis. Orthopedic Associates PA provides complete care for all foot and ankle issues, including pediatric foot problems.

When should I see a doctor for foot and ankle pain?

Foot and ankle pain isn’t normal. You should call Orthopedic Associates PA any time you experience foot or ankle pain that doesn’t resolve with home care, such as rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE).

Seek treatment immediately if you have severe foot or ankle pain that suddenly appears after an injury, such as a fall or car accident. 

People with diabetes should get professional treatment for any type of foot problem as soon as possible. Even seemingly minor issues, such as a callus or ingrown toenail, can turn into a serious medical condition in diabetic patients.

How is foot and ankle pain diagnosed?

First, your Orthopedic Associates PA provider carefully examines your foot and ankle. They ask you to describe how the pain started and whether anything makes it better or worse. 

They may also take in-office tests, like an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, to confirm or rule out a diagnosis. In some cases, they may give you a diagnostic ankle anesthetic block to see if a particular nerve is causing the pain.

How is foot and ankle pain treated?

After they diagnose your condition, the team at Orthopedic Associates PA develops an individualized treatment plan. Depending on the cause of your foot and ankle pain, treatment may include:

  • Diabetic foot care
  • Ankle joint injections
  • Over-the-counter or custom orthotics
  • Changing footwear
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Oral or topical medications
  • Bracing or splinting
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)

If your foot and ankle pain persists despite treatment, surgery may be necessary. The team at Orthopedic Associates PA performs a wide variety of foot and ankle procedures, including minimally invasive ankle arthroscopy and total ankle replacement.

To find relief from foot and ankle pain, call Orthopedic Associates PA, or schedule an appointment online today.