Foot & Ankle Pain Specialist

Richmond Orthopedic Institute

Surgeons located in Richmond, VA

Foot and ankle injuries are especially frustrating because they can affect your ability to walk, drive, and function normally. At Richmond Orthopedic Institute in Richmond, Virginia, skilled foot and ankle specialist Dr. Anson Chu, offers patient-friendly care for all types of foot and ankle injuries. If you’re in pain or having trouble moving around, reach out to the office by phone or click on the online booking tool for help today.

Foot & Ankle Pain Q&A

When should I see a foot and ankle specialist? 

If you experience new foot and ankle symptoms, it’s important to reach out to Richmond Orthopedic Institute before the problem can worsen. Some common symptoms in the feet and ankles include:

  • Pain
  • Weakness
  • Unstable-feeling foot or ankle
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tingling sensations
  • Numbness
  • Redness and warmth 

Foot and ankle symptoms may start suddenly or build up over time. In general, if you notice a change in how your foot or ankle feels, looks, or moves, it’s time to call for help. 

What does the diagnosis of foot and ankle injuries involve? 

At Richmond Orthopedic Institute, Dr. Chu reviews your full health history and discusses your symptoms with you. If you’ve experienced a sudden injury (such as a workers’ compensation injury), Dr. Chu reviews the circumstances of the accident with you in detail.  

During his exam, Dr. Chu will assess your foot and ankle function. He may ask you to stand, move your foot and ankle in particular ways, or bear weight so he can better make a diagnosis. 

While Dr. Chu can often make a preliminary diagnosis after his physical exam of your foot and ankle, he may request imaging tests like an X-ray or diagnostic ultrasound for an internal view of your injury. This helps him pinpoint the exact place of injury and gauge the severity of the damage.  

What does foot and ankle treatment involve?  

Treatment of foot and ankle pain can incorporate a blend of treatment options. Dr. Chu may prescribe several of the following options to help you heal and feel better fast: 

  • Shoe-gear modification
  • Wearing a splint, brace, or cast
  • Physical therapy 
  • Oral medication to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Injections to minimize pain and inflammation
  • Alternative therapies, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy 

However, severe foot and ankle pain may require surgical intervention. Dr. Chu is a fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon who can perform even highly complex procedures like total ankle replacement surgery when needed.  

Have foot or ankle pain? Call Richmond Orthopedic Institute or book your appointment through online scheduling today.