As the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained ankle doctors at Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute have the experience, knowledge, and expertise to diagnose and treat ankle conditions and injuries.

The foot and ankle work together in unison to help support the weight of the body and allow us to stand, walk, run, move, and flex in a variety of ways. They are both highly complex structures, so when the foot or ankle is injured, it can have a big effect on a patient's everyday routine. Ankle injuries are common among people of all ages and can develop for a variety of reasons. Whether the injury happens because of a sports-related accident, a trip or fall, or the regular wear and tear that happens to joints over time, ankle issues can cause significant pain. Because there are so many structures within an ankle that can be damaged or injured, from tendons and bones to muscles and ligaments to the joint itself, ankle injuries should be treated by an experienced ankle doctor. They understand the complexities and can provide treatment options to help patients return to their active lifestyles.

When It's Time to Visit an Ankle Doctor

Expressing whatever symptoms you are experiencing to your doctor can help them to provide you with the best ankle care. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should contact an ankle doctor near you:

  • Ankle gives out or collapses without warning
  • Ankle pain that gets worse instead of better
  • Inability to rotate the ankle due to severe pain or stiffness
  • Pain even when sitting
  • Pain that travels up from the heel into the ankle
  • Pain when flexing or bending the foot
  • Swelling that will not go down

These symptoms could be an indication that you have a more serious medical injury or condition, such as:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Ankle instability
  • Ankle sprains
  • Arthritis
  • Fractures
  • Heel or bone spurs
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Stress fractures
  • Tendon and ligament injuries
  • Twisted ankles

Many ankle problems can be treated through conservative treatment methods. However, there are some cases where surgery is the best option for providing patients full relief and restoring normal function. If ankle surgery is deemed necessary, our surgeons have performed hundreds of complex foot and ankle surgeries and returned patients to their lives, functioning at their highest capacity. Our ankle surgeons specialize in a variety of surgical procedures, which include:

  • Ankle arthroscopy
  • Ankle reconstruction surgery
  • Ligament reconstruction surgery
  • Surgical fracture repair
  • Total ankle replacement 

Our doctors understand that pain in your foot and ankle can make daily activities difficult. To schedule a consultation with one of our ankle specialists, please call (219) 921-1444 or request an appointment online.

We also offer our walk-in Orthopedic Urgent Care to treat ankle injuries that require immediate attention. Available at our Portage location, our urgent care is open Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., with no appointment needed.

Keeping You in Motion at Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute

The most important decision you will make regarding your care is finding an experienced doctor who can expertly diagnose and treat your foot and ankle pain.

At Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute, our specialty-trained ankle surgeons, Paul J. Gruszka, M.D., Thomas H. Kay, M.D., David J. Musgrave, M.D., Ryan J. Plank, M.D., John A. Guzzo, M.D., Eric K. Szczesniak, M.D., Michael E. Kralovec, M.D., Scott P. Fielder, M.D., and Thomas Magill, M.D., and our highly skilled podiatrists, Marc S. Bruell, D.P.M., Rachel L. Stern, D.P.M., Brian T. Damitz, D.P.M., Ronald E. Izynski, D.P.M., and Aaron K. Ruter, D.P.M., are experts in treating a variety of foot and ankle injuries and conditions. Our ankle doctors place a high value on excellent patient care and only use the most innovative treatment techniques and state-of-the-art procedures. Our ankle surgeons and podiatrists also work in conjunction with our physical therapy team to reach each patient's personal goals in recovery. 

To schedule an appointment with one of our experienced ankle surgeons or podiatrists, please call (219) 921-1444 or request an appointment online.