Foot And Ankle

Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group

Orthopaedic Surgery & Physical Therapy located in Long Beach, CA

Each foot and ankle contains 26 bones and 33 joints, all of which are prone to numerous injuries and wear-and-tear damage. The expert orthopaedic surgeons at Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group diagnose and treat the full spectrum of foot and ankle injuries at their clinic in Long Beach, California. If you have foot or ankle pain, don’t hesitate to call or book an appointment online for fast and effective treatment.

Foot and Ankle Q & A

What causes foot and ankle pain?

Your feet and ankles are built to endure high levels of stress from carrying you throughout the day. In addition to bones and joints, your feet and ankles contain more than 100 combined tendons, ligaments, and muscles as well as nerves and other connective tissues. Any of these structures can sustain damage that causes pain.

The highly trained team at Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group treats a wide range of problems that cause foot and ankle pain, including:

  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Ankle sprains
  • Adult-acquired flatfoot
  • Hammertoe, mallet toe, and claw toe
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Foot and ankle fractures
  • Stress fractures
  • Tibial fractures
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Calf muscle strains

They also treat many types of arthritis that affect the foot and ankle, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. 

How do I know if I have a foot or ankle injury?

Foot and ankle injury symptoms vary depending on the type and severity of your condition. Some injuries occur suddenly, like from a car accident, while others develop gradually. 

Common signs and symptoms of a foot or ankle injury include:

  • Pain in the foot or ankle
  • Swelling and redness
  • Bruising
  • Visible deformity
  • Difficulty bearing weight 
  • Pain that worsens during or after activity

You should schedule an appointment at Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group if you experience any of these symptoms for longer than a few days and don’t notice improvement with home care. 

Seek emergency care right away if you have an injury that causes intense pain or severe deformity, like bones poking through an open wound.

How is foot and ankle pain diagnosed and treated? 

First, your provider at Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group evaluates your overall health and reviews your medical history. They carefully examine your foot, ankle, and lower leg to check for signs of injury. They may also take an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to determine the severity of your condition. 

After they diagnose your condition, the team at Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group develops an individualized treatment plan, which may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Immobilization with a brace, splint, or cast
  • Therapeutic injections such as cortisone

They also offer regenerative medicine, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. If your condition is severe or doesn’t improve with treatment, they may recommend surgery. The skilled surgeons at Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group perform minimally invasive procedures whenever possible. 

To find relief from foot and ankle pain, call Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group or book an appointment online today.