Foot Injuries Specialist

Portland Foot & Ankle Institute -  - Foot & Ankle Surgeon

Portland Foot & Ankle Institute

Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Portland, OR

Board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon Michael A. Gentile, DPM, FACFAS, is dedicated to helping patients living in and around Portland, Oregon, to recover properly from foot and ankle injuries. If you have a foot or ankle injury, call Portland Foot & Ankle Institute or book an appointment online today.

Foot Injuries Q & A

What are common foot and ankle injuries?

Your foot and ankle contain 26 bones and 33 joints, as well as numerous ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves. Any of these structures can become injured during sports or daily activities.

Dr. Gentile and the team at Portland Foot & Ankle Institute diagnose and treat the full spectrum of injuries that affect your foot and ankle, including:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Foot and ankle fractures
  • Tendonitis and tendon injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Fallen arches (flat feet)

Your feet and ankles play a crucial role in moving throughout your day. Dr. Gentile and his team are dedicated to restoring normal function and improving your quality of life with effective foot and ankle care.

What are symptoms of a foot or ankle injury?

The symptoms you experience depend on the type and severity of your foot or ankle injury. Some injuries occur suddenly, like from a fall or motor vehicle collision. Others develop gradually and worsen over time.

Common signs and symptoms of foot and ankle injuries include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Bruising
  • Visible deformity
  • Difficulty walking or bearing weight

You should schedule an appointment at Portland Foot & Ankle Institute if you have these symptoms and don’t find relief within a few days of self-care, including rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain relievers.

Injuries that cause intense pain, open wounds, or severe deformity like bones protruding through your skin are medical emergencies that require immediate care.

How are foot and ankle injuries diagnosed and treated?

First, Dr. Gentile assesses your overall health and asks you to describe how the injury occurred. He carefully examines your foot and ankle, checking for signs of injury like redness and swelling. He also takes an X-ray to evaluate the bone structure of your foot and ankle.

Then, he recommends the best course of treatment for your specific injury. Depending on your needs, this may include:

  • Resting the foot
  • Using orthotic devices
  • Physical therapy
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication
  • Immobilization in a brace, splint, or cast
  • Steroid injections

If your injury is severe or doesn’t improve with nonsurgical treatments, surgery may be necessary. Dr. Gentile is board-certified in foot, rearfoot, and reconstructive ankle surgery.

Foot and ankle injuries that don’t receive prompt care may develop into long-term conditions. Don’t hesitate to call Portland Foot & Ankle Institute or book an appointment online today.