Foot, Ankle & Lower Leg
Since 1989, Florida Orthopaedic Institute surgeons have helped thousands of patients get back on their feet with Tampa Bay’s most advanced orthopedic lower extremity service. Knowledgeable and experienced physicians, therapists and nurses work in concert to cover the total spectrum of foot and ankle musculoskeletal care. Our Foot, Ankle & Lower Leg Center includes diagnostic imaging, physical therapy, on-site MRI, and surgical treatments.
Whether tendon, ligament, bone injuries, arthritis, or acute/chronic conditions, Florida Orthopaedic Institute surgeons are fellowship trained and have extensive knowledge in the management of all conditions affecting this region of the body. Thankfully, many of these problems require conservative management before requiring surgery. Shoe modifications, bracing, physical therapy, and medications are only a part of what is offered. When surgery is indicated, the operative experience of the surgeon is critical. With the largest combined experience in Florida, the Florida Orthopaedic Institute team has performed tens of thousands of these procedures including flat foot corrections, ankle and subtalar fusions, midfoot osteotomies, bunion surgery, soft tissue reconstructions, as well as fracture reconstruction.
Ankle sprains happen when the ligaments that support the ankle stretch beyond their limits and tear. They are a common injury that can occur among people of all ages. Depending upon how much damage there is to the ligaments, ankle sprains can range from mild to severe.
While most minor sprains heal with treatments like rest and ice, be sure to see a doctor if your ankle is very swollen, painful to walk on or if you are having trouble putting weight on it.
To learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for ankle sprains, click below.Learn more about Sprained Ankles
The foot and ankle surgeons are well respected fracture specialists, managing the most complex of these problems with a national and international reputation. In addition, the devices used to treat these injuries (plates, screws and intramedullary nails) have been developed by members of the team. This expertise is unique in the region and allows for managing problems with predictable outcomes, as well as teaching others through courses, lectures, and publications.
Unfortunately, this is a rather common problem and requires careful management to maintain motion while minimizing pain. The first line of treatment remains oral medications, but stem cell injections are frequently used by the staff to minimize the inflammation within the ankle that causes the pain. When this is not effective, arthroscopy may be used remove irritating tissue.
These minimally invasive procedures are designed to prevent the need for an open procedure. However, when arthritic pain and deformity prevents patients from maintaining a normal lifestyle, either a fusion or an ankle replacement is required.
Total Ankle Replacements
In 1995, the Agility® total ankle prosthesis became available in the U.S. Florida Orthopaedic Institute was the third center in the country to implant this device, with our surgeons involved in design, teaching, and evaluation of the implant. Later that year a European ankle known as the S.T.A.R.® was released, and Florida Orthopaedic surgeons were involved in the first trial of that prosthesis in the U.S.
Since that time, Florida Orthopaedic Institute surgeons (all trained on total ankle replacements) have performed hundreds of replacements. With over 20 years of experience, the foot and ankle surgeons of Florida Orthopaedic Institute remain leaders in the field.Learn more about Total Ankle Replacements
For those patients that are not candidates for an ankle replacement, ankle fusions remain the gold standard. Patients can walk without a limp using modern techniques to remove minimal amounts of bone and position the ankle so the joint below moves well.
REVISIONS & REFERRALS
Because of the combined expertise of the Florida Orthopaedic Institute foot and ankle surgeons, as well as their national reputation, patients are referred not only locally, but from all over the country. Many of the referrals are patients with significant post-surgical complications including infections, failed joint replacements, poorly positioned fusions, and non-healed fractures. These patients are sent to the Center for definitive solutions to their problems, and in most cases our surgeons are able to improve their lives. This ability to solve complex problems and help patients is the driving force behind maintaining the high quality of care offered, and why Florida Orthopaedic Institute is a regional and national referral center.
Specialties include the treatment of:
- Achilles Tendon Injuries
- Chronic Ankle Ligament Injuries
- Adult Acquired Flatfoot
- Bunion Surgery
- Hammer Toe
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Stem Cell Injections
- Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle
- Fractures of the Foot and Ankle
- Total Ankle Arthroplasty (Replacement)
The following Florida Orthopaedic Institute physicians specialize in Feet, Ankles & Lower Legs:
See how Dr. Arthur Walling utilized improved Ankle Replacement technology to help a Mt. Dora woman return to her active lifestyle.
Common Foot, Ankle & Lower Leg Conditions:
- Accessory Navicular
- Achilles Tendon Injuries
- Ankle Sprains
- Chronic Lateral Ankle Pain
- Claw Toe
- Clubfoot (Talipes Equinovarus)
- Diabetic Foot
- Fracture of the Heel Bone (Calcaneus)
- Fracture of the Talus
- Haglund’s Deformity (Retrocalcaneal Bursitis)
- Hammer Toe
- Hallux Rigidus
- High Ankle Sprain (Syndesmosis Ligament Injury)
- Ingrown Toenails
- Jones Fractures
- Lisfranc (Midfoot) Fracture-Dislocation
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Osteochondrial Injuries of the Talus
- Peroneal Tendon Tears
- Peroneal Tendonitis
- Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle
- Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle
Common Foot, Ankle & Leg Procedures:
- Achilles Tendon Lengthening
- Ankle Fracture Surgery
- Ankle Fusion, Transfibular
- Ankle Replacement
- Arthroscopic Articular Cartilage Repair (Ankle)
- Bunionectomy (Chevron Bunionectomy)
- Bunionectomy with Wedge Osteotomy
- Debridement of the Achilles Tendon
- Diagnostic Ankle Arthroscopy
- Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy (EPF)
- Excision of Mortons Neuromas
- Excision of Soft Tissue Masses
- First Metatarsal-Phalangeal Joint (MTP) Arthrodesis
- Fixation for Lisfranc Injury
- Kidner Procedure
- Lateral Ankle Ligament Reconstruction
- Midfoot Fusion
- Pulse Dye Laser Wart Removal
- Resection of Haglunds Deformity
- Subtalar Fusion
- Surgery for Achilles Tendon Rupture
- Triple Arthrodesis
- Weil Osteotomy for Claw Toe