The foot and ankle are made of a complex system of 26 bones, nerves, muscles, tendons and ligaments. This architecture permits us to stand up, balance, run, jump, walk and play. The ankle joint bears a force of about 5 times body weight in normal walking and up to 13 times body weight when running. The feet are the foundation for the body’s entire skeleton. Problems in the feet and ankles can affect your knees, spine, hips, and neck.
The fellowship-trained Fort Myers orthopedic surgeons at Orthopedic Specialists of SW Florida (OSSWF) specialize in the diagnosis, care, and treatment of patients suffering from injuries and conditions of the foot and ankle. Their primary objective is to relieve pain and restore proper mechanics in order for patients to resume normal daily life and the activities they love.
If you're ready to get back on your feet, improve your quality of life, and receive the best orthopedics in Fort Myers, the team at OSSWF is here to help. Schedule your first appointment online with us today.
Identifying the cause of foot and ankle pain depends on where it is located, what caused or worsened the pain, and whether it is accompanied by specific factors such as difficulty pushing off with the toes, or swelling, bruising and instability.
Common causes of foot and ankle pain include:
Foot problems frequently result from weak muscles, tendons, and ligaments which cause misalignment of the bones and can result in pain and limited mobility. Poor foot posture and function have been implicated in the onset of low back pain. This interconnectedness is essential to recognize and respect in order for the patient to achieve pain relief and improved quality of life.
Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent further damage and disability. Ankle replacement surgery and other types of foot and ankle surgery can often be avoided with nonsurgical therapies. We encourage you to schedule a consultation and learn about your condition and what we can do to help.
We believe in early treatment with nonsurgical, conservative therapies. Acute pain tends to indicate a fracture and requires immediate medical care. Chronic pain requires an investigation into the cause and should be addressed as early as possible to avoid complications. Pain and swelling should resolve within a week of a sprain or strain.
Yes! At OSSWF, we want premium orthopedic care to be available to as many patients as possible. That’s why we’re proud to accept insurance from a variety of providers across the Southwest Florida region. Visit our Insurance page to learn more about our providers, and feel free to reach out to our friendly and compassionate staff with any questions.
OSSWF makes it easy to get started on your road to a complete recovery. Just use our online scheduling tool to request your first consultation with us. We can’t wait to get started.