Foot & Ankle Injuries

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Orthopedics & Sports Medicine located in Santa Monica and Torrance, CA1

Your feet and ankles help you walk, run, and jump while supporting your body weight. Foot and ankle injuries are common but may affect your daily activities and quality of life. Artemis Health in Santa Monica and Torrance, California, is a state-of-the-art orthopedic practice that provides patient-centered care. The board-certified orthopedic physicians use innovative tools and techniques to diagnose and treat foot and ankle pain. To schedule a consultation, call the office or book online today.

Foot & Ankle Injuries Q & A

What causes foot and ankle pain?

You can develop foot or ankle pain for several reasons, including an underlying disease or an injury to one of the components that make up these complex body parts. 

Common causes of foot and ankle pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Achilles tendon
  • Fractures
  • Bone spurs
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Neuropathy
  • Diabetes
  • Ankle sprain
  • Bunions
  • Flat feet
  • Hammertoe
  • Ankle instability
  • Overpronation
  • Sports injury
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Strains and sprains

Foot and ankle issues may also occur as a side effect of your hip or knee pain. Pain in other parts of your body may cause you to favor your foot or ankle, resulting in pain.  

Artemis Health is a full-service orthopedic team with board-certified orthopedic physicians that specialize in diagnosing and treating many common orthopedic conditions. The practice includes an experienced podiatrist, as well as specialists in sports medicine. 

No matter the cause, Artemis Health can provide the care you need. 

How is foot and ankle pain diagnosed?

Artemis Health provides compassionate and personalized orthopedic care. When you come in for an evaluation of your foot and ankle pain, your orthopedic physician conducts an in-depth clinical exam to find the root cause of your discomfort.

During your exam, your provider asks detailed questions about your symptoms, when they started, and the activities that worsen or alleviate your pain. They review your medical history and daily activities and closely examine your feet and ankles.

To confirm or rule out a diagnosis, your provider performs various diagnostic tests, such as lab work, X-rays, CT scans, or an MRI. 

How is foot and ankle pain treated?

Artemis Health develops individualized treatment plans for foot and ankle pain based on your diagnosis, severity of symptoms, usual activities, and medical history. 

Your treatment plan may include:

  • The RICE Method – Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation 
  • Activity modification
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Custom-made orthotics

In some cases, your provider at Artemis Health may recommend surgery to address the underlying cause of your foot or ankle pain. 

Artemis Health includes experienced orthopedic surgeons who develop individualized surgical plans using the most advanced tools and techniques so that you get the best outcomes.

When it comes to foot and ankle pain, early intervention may prevent more serious complications. To schedule an evaluation at Artemis Health, call the office or book online today.