Foot and Ankle

Feet WalkingAs the foundation for your lower body’s movement, the foot, and its numerous bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles can be a source of significant joint pain.

Often associated with inappropriate footwear or poor alignment, pain in the foot is most commonly associated with trauma, such as a fracture; disease, such as osteoarthritis; deformities, such as bunions; or stress injuries.

Ankle pain is most commonly associated with trauma and sports-related injuries, such as a fracture, or an injury to the ligaments of the ankle, such as a sprain.

However, agitation and discomfort may also occur due to overuse injuries, which can range from mild joint pain to Achilles tendonitis (medically referred to as tendinitis).


If you are experiencing any of the following foot or ankle pain symptoms, it may be time to visit with a foot and ankle specialist.

Athlete Rubbing Ankle

  • Numbness in the foot
  • Pain in the heel, ball, or arch of the foot
  • Inability to perform daily activities without foot pain
  • Change in sensation or color of skin or toenail
  • Swelling or tenderness
  • If the afflicted area looks deformed or if you have lost function
  • Sudden intense pain
  • Pain when you’re NOT bearing weight
  • Pain that persists for more than two weeks
  • Swelling that persists or worsens after 2 – 3 days
  • Limited range of motion due to stiffness, weakness, or swelling


Person Rubbing Foot

You should also seek treatment with a foot and ankle specialist if you begin to feel feverish or if the area reddens, becomes warmer, and feels even more sensitive, as these are signs of an infection.

Due to the constant stress and frequency of use, ankle pain generally does not subside without treatment. At Georgia Bone & Joint, our ankle doctors understand that proper diagnosis is paramount in determining the most effective treatment plan for your individual condition.  As always, a consultation with a foot and ankle doctor is the best way to differentiate between a severe condition and a minor foot or ankle injury.

At Georgia Bone & Joint, we understand that foot and ankle pain can have a significant impact on your daily life, and we will work with you to develop a treatment plan specific to your needs.

Our foot and ankle experts know that proper diagnosis is paramount in determining the most effective treatment plan for your individual condition.  If you require surgical intervention, our doctors are trained to perform the most cutting-edge procedures available:

  • To view the surgical animation for MIS Surgery Bunion Correction click here
  • To view the surgical animation for Achilles SpeedBridge click here
  • For information on the Achilles Midsubstance SpeedBridge™ Implant System click here
  • To see the Ankle Brostrom Repair with InternalBrace Augmentation click here
  • For information on MIS Medial Displacement Calcaneal Osteotomy click here
  • For information on Arthrex Minimally Invasive Bunionectomy click here

Bunion needing lapiplasty

Painful bunions? There’s a new, patented treatment option!

Bunions can be very painful. With each step, your entire body weight rests on that bunion. Ouch! A common misconception about a bunion is that it is an overgrowth of bone that can simply be “shaved off”. In reality, bunions are complex deformities caused by an unstable joint. To learn more about the new, patented treatment for bunion correction – Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction, click here.

Why choose Georgia Bone & Joint?

Our ankle surgeons at Georgia Bone & Joint have completed additional training specifically in the foot and ankle. With this advanced training, our foot and ankle surgeon, DR. DAVID HEINSCH, and our non-operative orthopedic physician, DR. TREVOR TURNER have the experience and expertise to assess, diagnose, and treat your foot injury or condition individually to your needs.

To consult with our foot and ankle surgeon, please REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT ONLINE or call 770-502-2175.

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