Lower Extremity Specialist

David Liao, DO -  - Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. David Liao Orthopaedic Center, LLC

David Liao, DO

Orthopaedic Surgeon located in Hunt County, Greenville, TX & Rockwall County, Royse City, TX

Foot and ankle fractures or Achilles tendon injuries are painful experiences that often need medical attention as soon as possible. David Liao, DO of Dr. David Liao Orthopaedic Center, LLC, is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in both conservative and surgical repair of the lower extremities. With two Texas locations -- Greenville in Hunt County and Royse City in Rockwall County -- Dr. Liao helps patients of all ages recover from many different lower extremity conditions and injuries. He welcomes you to call the office to schedule a consultation and learn more.

Lower Extremity Q & A

by David Liao, DO

What are the symptoms of an ankle or foot fracture?

Whether you’ve been in an accident or fall, or somehow misstepped, a fractured ankle or foot can be very painful. Conversely, if it’s a minor fracture, you may walk around for a few days and not even realize it’s broken. If you have any of the following symptoms, it’s a good idea to contact Dr. Liao, an experienced orthopaedic surgeon, who can evaluate the extent of your injury and determine the best course of treatment so you can fully recover:

  • Pain that increases with activity, but decreases with rest
  • Swelling and bruising around your foot or ankle
  • Intense pain when you try to put weight on your foot
  • Throbbing pain
  • Your injured foot looks different than the other one

What is an Achilles tendon injury?

Your Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body. It stretches from your heel to your calf muscles and feels like a springy band of tissue at the back of your ankle. Activities like dancing, tennis, and basketball, which require you to start, stop, and pivot quickly, are common causes of Achilles tendon injuries. You can also injure your Achilles tendon simply by moving suddenly, and your risk of injury increases if you wear high heels, have flat feet (fallen arches), or take certain medications.

What are the treatment options for lower extremity injuries?

Because every lower extremity injury is different, Dr. Liao takes the time to carefully examine, X-ray, and evaluate your particular injury. As an orthopaedic surgeon, he is an expert at both conservative and surgical treatment options. The extent of your lower extremity injury determines the available treatment options, and Dr. Liao takes careful consideration to explain them to you.

Nonsurgical treatment options may include:

  • Rest, along with ice applied to the injured area
  • Compression wrap to control swelling
  • Elevation of your foot and ankle
  • Wearing a splint to restrict movement, so the bone can heal

If you’ve injured any part of your lower extremities and you have painful symptoms, the sooner you contact Dr. Liao’s office, the quicker you’ll be on the road to recovery.