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As the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our ankle doctors at Appalachian Orthopedics are dedicated to providing expert care for patients with ankle injuries and conditions in Bristol, Johnson City, and the surrounding areas.

Ankle doctors are medical experts who specialize in treating patients who are experiencing ankle pain. They are trained to evaluate and manage a full range of ankle conditions and injuries.

Because the ankle and foot are closely related, and because ankle issues can sometimes appear at the same time as foot problems, ankle specialists are often able to offer care to patients who are also dealing with foot pain. During an appointment with an ankle doctor, a patient typically begins by describing his or her symptoms, pain, or injury. Some ankle issues may be able to be resolved relatively quickly and without the need for a surgical procedure, while others are more complex and may involve surgery to help restore maximum function.

Should You See an Ankle Doctor?

It may be time to see a doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Ankle collapses
  • Ankle feels unsteady
  • Ankle is swollen
  • Ankle pain is impacting the ability to rotate the foot or use the foot properly
  • Heel pain that radiates into the ankle
  • Numbness or tingling

These problems may indicate that you are dealing with an ankle injury or condition, such as:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Ankle arthritis
  • Ankle fracture
  • Deformity
  • Flatfoot
  • Fracture (big toe, other toes, or the foot itself)
  • Sprains
  • Tendon or ligament tear
  • Twisted ankle

Specialized Ankle Care You Can Trust in Bristol and Johnson City

At Appalachian Orthopedics, we offer three convenient locations: Bristol – Hospital, Bristol Midway, and Johnson City. Our specialty-trained ankle doctors at Appalachian Orthopedics, Dr. Jason Brashear, Dr. Jonathan Clark, Dr. Benjamin England, Dr. James Goss, Dr. Gabriel Hommel, Dr. Thomas Huddleston, Dr. Bart McKinney, Dr. Reagan Parr, Dr. John Phillips, Dr. Larry Waldrop, and Dr. T. Lisle Whitman, have a full understanding of the ankle's anatomy and are dedicated to delivering an exceptional level of ankle care. They will apply their expertise directly to your situation and can guide you toward treatments that help reduce pain and restore you to optimal health. Our ankle surgeons always carefully consider nonsurgical options first before recommending surgery. Early on, they may take X-rays so they can further study the bone and surrounding structures to determine which nonsurgical treatment may be right for you, such as orthotics or physical therapy. If ankle surgery is ultimately needed, rest assured that our orthopedic experts will use their advanced skills along with our state-of-the-art technology to perform a surgical procedure that can help reduce or eliminate your pain and help you gain the use of your ankle again.

If your ankle pain is keeping you from living an active life, schedule an appointment with one of our expert ankle surgeons to diagnose and treat your ankle issue by requesting an appointment online or calling one of our three locations: Bristol – Hospital, Bristol Midway, or Johnson City.

For those acute ankle injuries that can't wait to be seen, visit our OrthoAccess Walk-In Clinic at our Johnson City or Bristol Midway offices.

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