Ankle Injuries

Alpha Omega Foot and Ankle

Raymon Hanna, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Palm Harbor, FL

Foot and ankle injuries are common among people of all ages and activity levels. Skilled podiatrist and sports injury specialist Raymon Hanna, DPM, MD, AACFAS, treats the full spectrum of foot and ankle injuries in patients ranging from newborns to mature adults at Alpha Omega Foot and Ankle in Palm Harbor, Florida. If you or a loved one has a foot or ankle injury, call or book an appointment online today.

Ankle Injuries Q & A

What are common foot and ankle injuries?

Sprains, strains, and fractures are the most common injuries that occur in the foot and ankle. At Alpha Omega Foot and Ankle, Dr. Hanna treats all types of foot and ankle injuries, including:

Ankle sprain

An ankle sprain occurs when one or more of the ligaments in your foot stretch or tear. Ligaments are tough bands of tissue that connect bone to bone and provide stability and support to your ankle joint.

Sprains range in severity from a mild fraying of the ligament to a complete tear. A severely sprained ankle may have similar symptoms as a fracture, including swelling, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight on the injured ankle.

Tendon injuries

Like ligaments, tendons are strong bands of tissue, but they connect muscle to bone. The most commonly injured tendon in the ankle is the Achilles, which attaches your calf muscles to your heel bone.

Achilles tendonitis happens when this tendon becomes irritated and inflamed, leading to pain, redness, and swelling.

Dr. Hanna also treats tendon injuries in the foot, including peroneal tendonitis and tendon tears. You have two peroneal tendons in each foot: one attaches to the outer side of your midfoot, and the other runs along the bottom of your foot and attaches to the inside of your arch.

What causes foot and ankle injuries?

Foot and ankle injuries can happen to anyone, but they’re especially common among athletes who do lots of running and jumping. However, it’s easy to injure your ankle by doing something as simple as stepping off a curb the wrong way.

How are foot and ankle injuries diagnosed and treated?

To diagnose your injury, Dr. Hanna first reviews your symptoms and medical history. He carefully examines your foot and may take an imaging test, like an in-office ultrasound or fluoroscopy (a type of continuous X-ray).

Then, he recommends the best course of treatment for your specific foot or ankle injury. This may include:

  • Immobilization in a brace or splint
  • Physical therapy
  • Oral or injected anti-inflammatory medications

Dr. Hanna also offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to treat tendon injuries. PRP is a rich source of healing growth factors that comes from your own blood.

If you have a foot or ankle injury, call Alpha Omega Foot and Ankle or book an appointment online today.