Your foot and ankle are a complex mechanism that holds your body weight and is prone to injury. At Florida Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center (FLOFAC), the team of orthopedic specialists diagnoses, treats, and prevents various foot and ankle problems. From sports injuries to reconstructive surgery, if you need orthopedic foot and ankle care fast and live near Sarasota, Florida, call FLOFAC today to schedule your appointment or use the online tool.

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What causes foot and ankle pain?

The discomfort of foot and ankle pain can manifest for a variety of reasons.

Acute injury

An acute injury, such as falling or tripping, can cause foot and ankle pain. Ankle sprains, which are tears or rips in ligaments, are often acute injuries and a common cause of pain. Bone fractures and tendon tears can also occur from trauma to the foot or ankle.

Overuse injury

Overuse can lead to foot and ankle pain, too. The repetitive movement of specific activities, especially sports, can cause wear and tear as well as inflammation.

Tendonitis and osteoarthritis commonly cause foot and ankle pain and result from overuse. The general wear and tear that occurs over time can also make your ankle more vulnerable to sprains, tendon tears, and bone fractures.

How do you treat foot and ankle conditions?

For minor foot and ankle injuries, the team at Florida Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center (FLOFAC) recommend over-the-counter pain relievers as needed and an at-home RICE treatment:

  • Rest the injury as much as possible, limiting movement and weight bearing
  • Ice the area a few times a day for 20 minutes
  • Compress the injury with a bandage or wrap to reduce swelling and pain
  • Elevate your foot and ankle above your heart, especially when resting

For foot and ankle pain that persists after a few days of RICE, your foot and ankle doctor may suggest an ankle brace, ankle boot, or physical therapy.

For moderate foot and ankle injuries, your doctor may recommend a regenerative medicine approach. Using platelet-rich plasma and stem cell injections, they enhance your body’s natural healing process and improve how your foot and ankle functions.

For severe cases, you may need foot and ankle surgery.

What types of foot and ankle surgeries are offered?

The team at FLOFAC perform a range of foot and ankle surgeries. Always focused on conservative care, your doctor may recommend arthroscopy, a minimally invasive way to perform surgical procedures for ankle instability, tendon and ligament repair, and bone fractures.

The orthopedic surgeons at FLOFAC also specialize in complex surgeries like trauma surgery, reconstructive surgery, and total ankle replacement.

If you suffer from foot and ankle pain, contact the board-certified team at Florida Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center today. Call or go online to book your appointment.