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Ankle Fractures

There are three bones and two joints in each ankle. Breaking or fracturing an ankle can mean breaking or fracturing any or multiple bones, as well as tearing and stretching of ligaments and tissues that surround them.

Broken and fractured ankles are typically caused by falls, car accidents, or sports-related trauma. Since severe sprains can sometimes hide symptoms of a broken or fractured bone, it is very important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a foot injury.

Symptoms of a broken or fractured ankle include bruising, swelling, severe pain, the inability for the ankle to bear weight, tenderness, discoloration, and/or deformity.

Treatments typically include a cast or brace. Depending on the severity of the injury, corrective surgery may be needed to secure the bones in place for proper alignment.

Arthritis

Arthritis, or joint pain or joint disease, is the leading cause of disability in America. More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children are suffering from some type of arthritis. Common symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to perform normal day-to-day activities, and has the potential to cause permanent joint damage.

To determine whether or not you may be suffering from arthritis or to determine the severity, your medical professional will perform blood tests and conduct an imaging scan (ie: x-ray, CAT scan or MRI). Eating healthy, staying active, and understanding your type of arthritis and treatment options is crucial to decreasing your discomfort and paving the way for an enjoyable, happy life.

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Ankle Replacement

At Sunshine Ankle and Foot Experts, we offer ankle replacement surgery to our patients seeking relief in their ankle joint.

What is ankle replacement surgery?
Ankle replacement surgery is a type of joint replacement, also known as ankle arthroplasty, which replaces damaged parts of the ankle with prosthetic implants. These implants will work together to restore range of motion and function to your ankle joint.

Ankle replacement is often performed to alleviate painful symptoms of severe arthritis in your ankle. Surgery should only be recommended once all conservative methods have been exhausted and failed to relieve symptoms.

Achilles Tendon Injury

Did you know the Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the body?

Unfortunately, even this strong tendon can get damaged or tear. This may feel like you got hit in the back of the calf, while in reality your tendon has been torn. 

If you are experiencing any pain with your calf or achilles tendon call us at 407-863-3655 to schedule a consultation. 

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Diabetic Foot Care

Daily preventative care can help you decrease your risk of developing these other serious conditions like ulcers and infections. Inspecting your feet at the end of the day to look for any abnormalities, maintaining proper hygiene, keeping your feet warm in cold weather, encouraging blood flow in the feet, and maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle can discourage other conditions from developing.

Flat Feet

Flat foot is a condition where the arches on the inside of your feet are flattened which causes the sole of the foot to touch the floor when standing upright. It is likely for flat feet to be caused by the arches not fully developing during childhood and is considered a very common and painless condition. On the other hand, flat feet can occur after an injury or from the normal aging process.

While it is common not to experience any pain or symptoms of flat feet, some people do tend to sense pain in the heel or arch area. Physical activity can irritate the area and inflame the foot along the inside of the ankle. This can be caused by the tendon that is supporting the arch being stretched as it is depreciating.

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Bunion/Hammertoe Deformities

Bunion or hammertoe pain can be very uncomfortable. If left untreated they can cause arthritis and even lead to ulcerations. If you are suffering from these conditions call our office to schedule a consultation. We have many treatment options that may help you alleviate your pain and discomfort. 

Neuromas

A neuroma can occur in many areas of the body when nerve tissue thickens. Morton’s neuroma is the most typical neuroma that occurs in the foot and it occurs between the third and fourth toes. Also known as an intermetatarsal neuroma, the name describes its location in the ball of the foot.

Compression and irritation typically cause the nerve tissue to thicken. This pressure creates inflammation of the nerve, ultimately causing untreatable damage to the nerves in the foot.

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Heel Spurs/Plantar Fasciitis

Heel spurs occur in at least 50% of people who have plantar fasciitis. Past treatments for heel spurs, a bony growth that begins on the front of your heel bone and points toward the arch of your foot, included surgery to remove the growth. Nowadays, surgery is rarely a treatment option and more plans for physical therapy, ice, and pain medications are used to treat heel spurs.

Ingrown Toenails

We have all made the painful mistake of trimming our nails too short at some point in our lives. Sometimes, this can really affect our foot health by causing ingrown toenails.

This happens when the nail grows downward into the skin instead of straight out, usually causing an infection. Ingrown toenails are most common on the sides of the big toe. It can also be caused by shoe pressure, injury, fungal infections, poor foot structure, etc.

Warm water soaks several times a day, properly fitted shoes and socks, and trimming nails in a straight line (rather than rounded) are ways to treat and prevent painful ingrown toenails. If there is an infection, antibiotics may be prescribed.

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Fungal Nail Infection

There are three bones and two joints in each ankle. Breaking or fracturing an ankle can mean breaking or fracturing any or multiple bones, as well as tearing and stretching of ligaments and tissues that surround them.

Broken and fractured ankles are typically caused by falls, car accidents, or sports-related trauma. Since severe sprains can sometimes hide symptoms of a broken or fractured bone, it is very important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a foot injury.

Symptoms of a broken or fractured ankle include bruising, swelling, severe pain, the inability for the ankle to bear weight, tenderness, discoloration, and/or deformity.

Treatments typically include a cast or brace. Depending on the severity of the injury, corrective surgery may be needed to secure the bones in place for proper alignment.

Orthotics

Your feet help you enjoy your daily adventures. They take on a lot of force and deserve the best comfort. Here at Sunshine Ankle & Foot Experts we offer custom foot orthotics as well as prefabricated orthotics. Call for an appointment today.

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