Foot & Ankle Injuries

What you need to know

Because the average person’s feet undergo so much stress each day from use, and because 25% of your body’s bones are located in your feet and ankles, your feet are prone to injuries. At Westchase Orthopedics & Rehabilitation, we stay up-to-date on the leading medical advances in order to properly diagnose and effectively treat any foot or ankle condition you may have. We can help you find a solution to your pain!

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Tendonitis

Tendons are the strong, cord-like structures that anchor the muscles in your feet, ankle, and legs to your bones. When you overuse these muscles, or have a traumatic injury, or have arthritis, your tendons can become inflamed. This results in pain, swelling, and stiffness. The symptoms may often ease with rest but will return when you are active; common treatments include a boot, physical therapy, and surgery in some cases.
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Tendon Rupture

Because tendons attach the muscles of the foot and ankle to bones, when a tendon ruptures due to sudden twisting from a fall, or ruptures due to overuse, it can be extremely painful. There are multiple tendons in the foot, including the peroneus brevis, peroneus longus, posterior tibialis, anterior tibialis, and the Achilles tendon. Symptoms include a snapping or popping that you hear or feel, rapid bruising, inability to put weight on your foot or move your ankle, and constant pain. Treatments may include a brace or cast, orthotic devices for your shoes, injections, physical therapy, and surgery. We can help determine the severity of your foot and ankle injury and determine what kind of treatment will be best for you!
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Ligament Sprains and Tears

While tendons hold bones to bones, ligaments attach bones to bones. Because there are so many bones in your foot, ligament sprains and tears in this area are common. Overuse, intense physical activities like snowboarding or dancing, and sudden impact like twisting your ankle or foot can all lead to sprained or torn ligaments. These sprains and tears can range from minor to severe. For mild sprains and tears, crutches, rest, and pain medication may allow the ligaments to heal on their own. For severe tears, though, foot surgery is usually the best option. Our doctors can help diagnose the severity of your ligament injury and determine the right course of treatment!
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Achilles Tendon

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon you have, and stretches all the way from the bones of your heel to your upper calf muscles. Injuries to this tendon are common because of its size. Quickly speeding up, slowing down, or pivoting can cause an injury to the Achilles tendon, and are particularly common in athletes (runners, gymnasts, basketball players, etc.) Symptoms include pain above your heel, swollen ankle or foot, or a snapping/popping noise accompanied by instant and severe pain. While mild to moderate Achilles tendon injuries can heal with rest, painkillers, and stretching exercises, surgery is generally required to strengthen the tendon and decrease your chances of re-rupture. We can help you relieve your foot and ankle pain!
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Plantar Fasciitis

This is one of the most common causes of heel pain. Plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that stretches across the bottom of your entire foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. When it is inflamed due to tension from repeated stretching, you will experience stabbing pains in the bottom of your foot near your heel. Runners are more prone to plantar fasciitis than the general population, as are obese people and people who work on their feet for most of the day. Treatment can include physical therapy, night splints and orthotics to support your feet, injections, and surgery in severe and rare cases.

Patrick J. Horan, MD, MBA, FACS

Patrick J. Horan is an orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist with two decades of experience. He is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Duke University in Durham, N.C., Dr. Horan earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. Residency and Internship were both completed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He also received an MBA from Auburn University in Auburn, Ala.

Dr. Horan served 10 years on active duty in the US Army as an orthopaedic surgeon before entering into private practice. Dr. Horan is the founder of the Westchase Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation and the official surgeon of the Tampa Bay Rowdies. He maintains professional memberships with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and the Arthroscopy Association of North America.

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Dr. Patrick Horan and the other orthopedic surgeons and specialists at Westchase Orthopedics & Rehabilitation have served hundreds of patients in the Tampa Bay area. Our patients choose us because we are able to offer them viable solutions to their pain. We offer hope to patients who have been athletes for years and suddenly find themselves faced with the possibility of never playing again, to elderly patients who want to maintain their independence and do things like drive and grocery shop alone, to parents who aren’t sure what is wrong with their children’s knees or elbows and want answers. Unlike in many other practices, you are not treated like just a number; we take the time to listen to your concerns and symptoms, accurately diagnose the source of the problem, and walk you through what will happen during the course of treatment. Get in touch with our office today to schedule an appointment!

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Dr Horan has done a few of my knee surgeries and has always been the best surgeon. Dr Lao has been my physical therapist for every knee surgery and his results are proven and outstanding. I’d be in bad shape if it wasn’t for dr Lao and his staff who go above and beyond to do what’s needed.

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Dr. Lao is simply the best! His intense educational training and specialty of the spine are something that you seldom come across these days. When I lived in Bradenton for 9 months I would drive over an hour just to see him because he was the only one I trusted with my physical issues. His assistant Sam is wonderful and Lisa at the front desk is always very helpful! There is another PT there that I have not treated with, but I only hear great things about him! 🙂 I will not go anywhere else.

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This review encompasses both Dr Horan's orthopaedic side of the business & Dr Lao's physical therapy side. I have no idea if their practices are actually related, but there's only one street sign & only one Yelp check-in. Luckily, I think both doctors are excellent.

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