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Ankle Specialist

Stephen Fisher, MD

Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgeons located in Cumming, GA & Buford, GA

An injured ankle not only prevents you from enjoying physical activities, but it can also prevent you from standing without instability. With offices in Cumming and Buford Georgia, Stephen Fisher, M.D., and his team routinely diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate orthopedic ankle injuries and conditions. Schedule your evaluation over the phone or online at the offices of Stephen Fisher, M.D., today. 

Ankle Injury Q & A

What is the ankle?

Your ankle is a complex joint that plays a crucial part in your ability to stand, walk, run and participate in sports. Any injuries to the ankle or foot can lead to instability or even immobility of the joint, as well as pain, swelling, and stiffness. 


By supporting your full body weight both when you play sports and during your daily activities, your ankles take on a major role and are at risk of injuries at some point in your life. Many ankle injuries happen when you roll the joint after stepping down on an uneven surface. 


Dr. Fisher and his team specialize in treating and rehabilitating many common ankle injuries and conditions affecting ankle function. Your treatment depends on the type of injury you sustain and your goals for using the joint in the future. 

Which injuries can happen to the ankle?

Numerous injuries can affect the many structures within the ankle and foot, including the bones, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage inside the joint. Dr. Fisher and his team routinely diagnose and treat:


  • Sprains
  • Syndesmosis injuries (High ankle sprain)
  • Recurrent Instability
  • Fractures
  • Cartilage injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Achilles rupture
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Bursitis of the heel

Dr. Fisher and his team manage injuries and conditions like these with a conservative care plan tailored to suit your needs and can perform surgery in cases when it’s necessary. Avoiding treatment for an ankle injury can lead to permanent joint instability as well as trouble standing and walking. 

How are ankle injuries treated?

Ankle injury treatment usually requires more than one strategy. Dr. Fisher and his team start by evaluating your ankle joint to identify the injury. Once they see how severe it is using X-rays or other imaging options, they develop your treatment plan accordingly. 


Orthopedic care for an ankle injury may involve a combination of:


  • Immobilization with a cast or splint
  • Steroid injection
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Bracing and orthotics
  • Orthobiologics


When an ankle injury is particularly severe or does not heal well with noninvasive treatments, Dr. Fisher and his team can perform surgery to treat or repair the damage inside and around the joint using the least invasive methods available. These surgeries include:


  • Arthroscopic surgery to debride or repair injured tissue including cartilage repair procedures
  • Ligament repair or reconstruction for chronic sprains / instability including syndesmosis injuries
  • Ankle fracture repairs
  • Achilles tendon repairs including minimally invasive PARS technique
  • Achilles tendon reconstructive procedures
  • Jones fracture repairs


To learn more about orthopedic ankle care, call the offices of Stephen Fisher, M.D., or book an appointment online today.

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