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Foot & Ankle Specialist

360 Orthopedics

General Orthopedics & Pain Management located in Sarasota, FL, Venice, FL, & Lakewood Ranch, FL

Considering your foot and ankle bear the stress of your weight every time you take a step, it’s no surprise to learn that they’re vulnerable to injuries and other conditions that cause pain. The board-certified physicians at 360 Orthopedics have extensive experience diagnosing the cause of your foot and ankle pain and providing exceptional treatment. The team offers same-day and next-day appointments so you can get relief from the pain. To schedule an appointment, call one of the offices in Sarasota, Venice, or Lakewood Ranch, Florida, or use the online booking feature.

Foot & Ankle Injuries Q & A

What foot and ankle injuries frequently cause pain?

When it comes to your ankle, sprains are the most common injury. Ankle sprains occur when one or more of the ligaments in your ankle are stretched or torn. The top causes of an ankle sprain include twisting your ankle, falling, and landing awkwardly after jumping.

Injuries and conditions that often cause foot and ankle pain include:

  • Toe and forefoot fractures
  • Broken ankle
  • Heel fracture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tendinitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bone spurs
  • Bunions
  • Arthritis
  • Hammertoes
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Overuse injuries

Overuse injuries and stress fractures occur when repetitive movements cause small tears in the soft tissues or tiny cracks in the bones. If you rest between exercise and sports activities, these small injuries heal. But if you keep using your foot, the small tears become inflamed and get worse, while tiny cracks in bones turn into stress fractures.

What symptoms develop due to foot and ankle injuries?

If you have a foot and/or ankle problem, you’re likely to experience symptoms such as pain, swelling, bruising, and inflammation. Ankle injuries often lead to ankle instability. 

Depending on the severity of your pain and the underlying condition, you may not be able to bear weight on your foot.

What treatments can help with foot and ankle pain management?

At 360 Orthopedics, you receive comprehensive care for foot and ankle pain, including on-site X-rays, MRIs, and physical therapy, and customized treatment from highly skilled orthopedic physicians.

The best way to manage your pain is to treat the underlying problem, beginning with conservative therapies such as:

  • Immobilization with bracing, a cast, or crutches
  • Orthotic devices
  • Custom shoe prescriptions
  • Protective foot gear
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching exercises
  • PRP injections
  • Steroid injections

Your provider treats fractures by immobilizing the bones so they can heal in their proper position. A severe or complex fracture may need surgery to clean the wound, put the bones back in place, and insert screws and plates to hold the bones.

When you get early treatment for a foot or ankle problem, the team at 360 Orthopedics often successfully treats the condition with conservative measures. Without treatment, however, foot conditions get progressively worse and ultimately require surgery.

If you struggle with foot or ankle pain, call 360 Orthopedics or book an appointment online.