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Foot & Ankle

When one part of the foot or ankle is hurt, it can affect the entire foot.

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Our team of physicians handles many types of extremity, joint, and back injuries at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates. While all injuries should be taken seriously, damage to the foot and ankle musculoskeletal system should be carefully monitored, as these injuries can cause issues in other parts of the body. If you have had an accident and are seeking foot and ankle treatment, contact Sarasota Orthopedic Associates to make an appointment with our foot doctor today.

Common Foot and Ankle Injuries

There are many bones in the foot and ankle, and fractures or breaks of each can have a different effect on the body. In every case, an injury as serious as a fracture will mean a sharp inability to bear any weight. This can be quite painful and may offset balance, put increased pressure on the other leg and joints, and even affect overall mood due to the lack of exercise that will likely ensue. If the break or fracture is not addressed quickly, a collapsed bone, severed ligament, or permanent deformity can develop.

Swelling is a sure sign that medical attention is needed in the foot and ankle, but this does not always mean a compromised bone. Swelling can result from everything from prescribed medication, diet, pregnancy, and blood clots. Determining, in these cases, the source of swelling requires a professional diagnosis.

Available Treatments

In the case of breaks or fractures, foot treatment can often be as straightforward as a cast or brace if treated in a timely manner. After an X-ray procedure, a physician can determine how to proceed. Otherwise, if the break is serious enough or ignored, surgery will be necessary to offset the shift in the foot and ankle structure. Other cases, such as stress fractures, may require protective footgear for two to four months.

As for swelling, diagnostics heavily determine the treatment. If the problem is a result of new pressure, such as pregnancy, then protective footwear and medication may be prescribed. If swelling stems from disease, as in heart failure or alcoholism, lifestyle changes will be recommended along with protective footwear.

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Hand & Upper Extremity

We provide the most advanced care possible for the hands and upper extremities.

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Hip

Most common cause of hip pain is Osteoarthritis (i.e. Degenerative Joint Disease).

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Knee

There are many causes of knee pain, resulting from injury and disease.

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Pediatric Orthopedics

Our pediatric surgeons are experts in treating injuries and conditions of our children.

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Shoulder

The shoulder represents one of the most complex joints of the body.

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Spine

Neck and low back pain are common occurrences in the general population.

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Sports Medicine

Our physicians are experienced in treating participants of all levels of sports.

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Pain Management

Pain management is important for pain control, especially if you suffer with chronic pain.