Foot and ankle injuries are common in both active athletes and weekend warriors. The exemplary Denver Sports Medicine and Spine team, led by Yani C. Zinis, DO, and Raili Donnelly, PA-C, have decades of experience in the non-surgical treatment of foot and ankle injuries. They use results-oriented approaches like minimally invasive injections combined with an effective rehab approach to reduce or eliminate symptomes and get you back to doing what you love. Book your appointment by clicking the online scheduler or calling the office now.

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What causes foot and ankle symptoms?

Foot and ankle symptoms are usually the result of sports injuries or wear and tear to the tissues within the foot and ankle. Conditions that can cause difficult symptoms include:


Sprains happen when the ligaments that join your bones are over-stretched or “twisted”. Some sprains may include partial or complete  tears as well. Ankle sprains are the most frequently-occurring injury of this type. Sprains can vary from mild to severe.

Many foot and ankle sprains are sports injuries, but anyone can sprain their ankle with a fall or misstep.


Tendonitis is the result of irritation and inflammation of a tendon, the tissue that connects muscles and bones. The most common kind of lower-extremity tendonitis is Achilles tendonitis, which occurs in the tendon that links your calf muscle to the heel. You can also develop tendonitis in the medial or lateral lower leg tendons or in the sole of the foot.

Tendonitis of the lower leg commonly occurs in athletes, particularly in those who repeatedly injure or overtrain.

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is an injury in thband of tissue  that connects the heel to the toes. Inflammation build up commonly leads to plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis can affect anyone but is common in distance runners.

The condition usually occurs because of repetitive strain or excessive pressure on the arch of the foot, which can also occur due to extra weight and unusual foot mechanics.

Foot and ankle issues can also appear due to chronic conditions such as arthritis.

How are foot and ankle issues treated?

Denver Sports Medicine and Spine offers nonsurgical treatments with a conservative-yet-progressive philosophy. The focus is getting you back to doing what you love by restoring full function.

In difficult cases many patients achieve symptom relief with cortisone, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), or alternative cellular injections.*  The team also works with top-tier physical therapists and orthopedic surgeons for expanded care as needed.

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*Viscosupplementation is FDA-approved for treatment of knee osteoarthritis.

*Some tissue injections are FDA-approved only for the treatment of certain cancers, blood disorders, and immune disorders