Your Top Foot and Ankle Surgeon in Fort Myers, FL
Foot and Ankle Specialist
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.
Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon for Foot & Ankle
Diagnosis & Treatment for Chronic Foot & Ankle Pain
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:
- Achilles tendinitis: This is the most common cause of heel pain. Achilles tendinitis is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. The Achilles tendon is used when you walk, run, or jump.
- Tendon ruptures (tears): A tendon rupture is a complete or partial tear of a tendon. A tendon is a strong cord of tissue that connects muscles to bones. The Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscle to the heel bone, is the most commonly ruptured tendon.
- Broken ankle: A broken ankle is a break in 1 or more bones in the ankle.
- Talus fractures of the ankle: A talus fracture is a break of the talus bone in the ankle. This bone fits into a depression on the lower end of the shinbone (tibia) and another bone in the foot (calcaneus).
- Broken foot-heel fractures: A fracture of the calcaneus, or heel bone, is a break that occurs in the back of the foot.
- Midfoot fractures: These fractures occur in the 3 bones of the arch on the top of the foot (navicular, cuboid, and cuneiform bones). A Lisfranc fracture is a type of midfoot fracture.
- Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that occurs when the cartilage (protective covering) on the ends of bones wears down over time. Osteoarthritis can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness.
- Sprains: A sprain is a stretching or tearing of ligaments, which are the tough bands of tissue that connect bones together. A severe sprain may cause a joint to become unstable.
- Stress fractures of the foot and ankle: A stress fracture is a tiny crack in the bone caused by repetitive force or overuse. Stress fractures are common in the metatarsals (bones in the forefoot) and the navicular (bone in the midfoot).
- Toe and forefoot fractures: There are many bones in the toes and forefoot. A fracture of one of these bones can cause pain, swelling, bruising, and deformity.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it important to receive treatment for foot and ankle conditions?
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.
What kind of treatment can I expect from my Fort Myers orthopedic doctors?
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.
Do your orthopedic doctors near me accept health insurance?
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 page to learn more about our providers, and feel free to reach out to our friendly and compassionate staff with any questions.
How can I get started with the best foot and ankle specialist near me?
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.