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.
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.
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:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Tendon ruptures (tears)
- Broken ankle
- Talus fractures of the ankle
- Broken foot-heel fractures
- Midfoot fractures
- Stress fractures of the foot and ankle
- Toe and forefoot fractures
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.
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The fellowship-trained orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons at 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.
Our Foot and Ankle Specialists
When you feel pain in your feet or ankles, due to injury, weakness, numbness, or slow healing, it’s time to see our exceptional foot and ankle specialists:
- Jason T. Nemitz, MD received his fellowship training at Michigan International Foot and Ankle Center. His goal is to help his patients to live pain-free and maximize their function to prevent future disability.
- Jeremy A. Schwartz, MD specializes in foot and ankle reconstruction and sports medicine. His goal is to help you get back to the sports you love to restore your quality of life. He received his fellowship training at Tampa General Hospital.
Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent further damage and disability. 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.