Foot And Ankle Pain Specialist

Matthew J Crawford, DO, PhD

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon & Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine located in Austin, TX

Pain and problems in the foot or ankle can make participation in routine activities a challenge. Dr. Michael J. Crawford, MD, PhD, is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon offering foot and ankle care to relieve pain and restore functioning at his practice in Austin, Texas. To schedule an appointment and learn about your foot and ankle treatment options, call the practice or use the online scheduling tool.

Foot and Ankle Pain Q & A

What foot and ankle conditions require medical care?

Michael J. Crawford, MD, PhD, sees patients for everything from calluses to severe foot and ankle conditions that require surgery. The most common foot and ankle problems requiring medical care include:

  • Hammertoe
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Arthritis
  • Bunion
  • Ingrown toenail
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Sprained ankle
  • Bone fractures


Sprained ankles are so common many people don’t seek doctor care for them, but if a sprained ankle doesn’t heal properly, it can lead to chronic ankle instability and the potential for greater injury. 


What is chronic ankle instability?

When you experience a sprained ankle, the ligaments become overstretched and may suffer a tear. If the ligaments don’t heal properly after a sprain, they won’t recover their pre-injured strength. Since ankle ligaments support the ankle and help you avoid turning or twisting it, people with weakened ankle ligaments are at risk of repeatedly injuring the same ligament. 


When should I see a doctor for foot and ankle problems?

If you ignore problems with your feet or ankles, you make yourself susceptible to injuries and conditions that become progressively worse over time. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Crawford if you have any of the following symptoms or warning signs of a foot or ankle problem:

  • Difficulty walking
  • Inability to put weight on your foot or ankle
  • Burning
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Pain with swelling or bruising
  • Deformity in foot or ankle
  • Skin sores that don’t heal
  • Pain after standing
  • Growths or bumps


Anytime you experience pain or persistent swelling, call the doctor to determine the cause and appropriate method of treatment.


How are foot and ankle problems treated?

Your doctor considers nonsurgical options, including rest, activity modification, physical therapy, orthotics, or injections for inflammation before planning surgery for foot and ankle pain or problems. You may require surgery if your injury involves a torn ligament or complex fracture.

You don’t have to suffer from foot or ankle pain. To find out the cause of your foot and ankle problem and learn about your treatment options, call Dr. Crawford, or book your appointment online today.

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