Lower Extremity Injury

Town Center Orthopaedic Associates

Orthopaedic Surgeon located in Reston, VA & Centreville, VA

Your feet, ankles, knees, and hips help you walk, run, jump, and climb stairs. Given the amount of stress placed on these joints daily, lower extremity injuries are common, especially in athletes. The orthopaedic surgeons at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates in Reston and Centreville, Virginia, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of a lower extremity injury. They develop individualized treatment plans that optimize health, healing, and function. To schedule a consultation with the experienced team, call the office nearest you or book online today.

Lower Extremity Injury Q & A

What is a lower extremity injury?

A lower extremity injury includes any injury or damage that affects your feet, ankles, hips, or knees. The orthopaedic experts at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates specialize in the diagnosis and management of lower extremity injuries.

You rely on your lower extremities to support much of your mobility. Any injury or pain to one of these body parts affects your daily life and may affect your ability to work or engage in leisure activities. 

The experts at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates provide comprehensive care to help heal your injury so you can get back to your usual activities quickly. 

What lower extremity injury might I have?

There are many injuries that affect the lower extremities. Injuries may occur from an accidental fall, playing sports, or overuse. 

Some of the common lower extremity injuries treated at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates include:

  • Arthritis of the foot and ankle
  • Arthritis of the hip or knee
  • Sprains
  • Achilles tendon ruptures
  • Tendonitis
  • Bunions
  • Foot pain
  • Foot deformities
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Fractures of the foot or ankle
  • Knee ligament injuries
  • Bursitis
  • Dislocation
  • Patellofemoral pain (runner’s knee)
  • Meniscus tear

The team at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates includes fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of lower extremity injuries. If you have an injury that affects your foot, ankles, knees, or hips, the team can help. 

What happens during a lower extremity injury evaluation?

When you visit Town Center Orthopaedic Associates for a lower extremity injury evaluation, you can expect a comprehensive clinical exam. 

During the exam, your provider reviews details about your injury, including how it happened, the type of pain you feel, the activities that worsen your pain, and the treatments you’ve tried to alleviate your symptoms.

The team also reviews your medical history and daily activities and then conducts a physical exam, paying close attention to the structure and function of the affected body part.

To confirm or rule out a diagnosis, the team requests diagnostic imaging. The full-service orthopaedic practice offers in-office X-rays so you can get the answers you need without having to go to another facility. 

How is a lower extremity injury treated?

Your provider at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates develops a personalized treatment plan for your lower extremity injury based on the affected body part, type of injury, severity of symptoms, and your overall health. 

When possible, the orthopaedic surgeons take a conservative approach to care, and your treatment plan may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Activity modification
  • Splinting or bracing
  • Physical therapy
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy injections
  • Stem cell injections
  • Clarix® Flo regenerative medicine therapy injections
  • Prolotherapy 

For lower extremity injuries that fail to heal with medical treatments, the team may recommend surgical intervention. The type of surgery needed depends on the injury. 

The experienced team uses the most advanced surgical techniques and tools that minimize trauma and provide the best possible outcomes. Surgical options may include arthroscopic surgery, joint reconstruction surgery, or joint replacement surgery. 

For expert management of your lower extremity injury, call Town Center Orthopaedic Associates, or book online today.