Foot and Ankle Pain Management

At 360 Orthopedics, we regularly treat patients who suffer from varying forms of foot and ankle pain. While some discomfort can be relieved at home, other conditions require more extensive medical intervention. Our orthopedic team can help you determine the cause of your pain and the severity of your concern so that we can best develop a personalized treatment plan to suit your needs.

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Foot and Ankle Pain

Over 5 million visits are made to physicians’ offices each year due to foot and ankle problems. Some of the most common problems seen in emergency rooms are ankle injuries such as sprains or fractures resulting from sports or falls. These types of injuries should be evaluated by a trained foot and ankle specialist and treated with rest, ice, compression, elevation, and bracing. In some cases, surgery may be required. Typical healing time varies based on the severity of the injury.

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Injuries and Conditions

The foot and ankle contain 26 bones, each of which impacts the body differently if fractured or broken. In the instance of a bone fracture, the patient will likely be unable to bear weight or walk on the affected foot without causing further discomfort or injury. Fractures typically cause pain, offset balance, increased pressure on other joints, and inhibited mobility. They may also result in pain, tenderness, stiffness, discolored skin, or bruising, and, if not addressed quickly by a medical professional, can lead to a collapsed bone, severed ligament, or even permanent disfigurement.

Other, more chronic conditions such as arthritis contribute to long-term discomfort that involves regular pain management routines to help maintain optimal functionality. While we can’t always control the ailments that affect us, we can come up with efficient ways to help you treat them. Bunions and hammertoes, for example, can be treated using non-invasive methods or can be surgically corrected in severe instances. Your orthopedic team can help you find properly fitting footwear and orthotics to help alleviate current symptoms and prevent foot and ankle pain in the future.

Treatment for Foot and Ankle Pain

Treatments for the foot and ankle are varied. For breaks or fractures, a simple brace or cast may be effective; stress fractures may require protective footgear for a few months. For serious breaks or those left untreated, surgery may be necessary to offset the shift in the foot and ankle structure.

For more minor injuries or conditions, conservative treatment options are generally the first recommendation. These may include physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, or injections. Proper stretching is also a useful method to relieve pain and keep the foot and ankle healthy and stable. The burden of our weight is carried on the feet, so keeping a healthy body mass index (BMI) can help alleviate pain, as well. While surgery is a last resort, we offer minimally invasive options to resolve your concern and help expedite your healing process.

You shouldn’t have to suffer with foot and ankle pain, and avoiding treatment may exacerbate your discomfort. The care team at 360 Orthopedics on Florida’s Suncoast can provide you with the imaging, diagnostic, and treatment services you need to get back on your feet. Contact us today at 941-951-2663 to schedule your appointment at our Sarasota, Venice, or Lakewood Ranch, FL office.