Ankle Pain Q & A
Why do I have ankle pain?
Your ankle joints have very important roles: To support your entire body weight and stabilize your lower limbs. It’s because of your ankles you’re able to lift and flex your feet and move each foot from side to side.
Because each step you take puts tremendous stress on your ankle joints, repetitive motions and injuries can take a toll and lead to ankle pain. Some of the most common causes of ankle discomfort include:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Arthritis and gout
- Sprained ankle
- Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD)
- Ankle instability, possibly from flat feet
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome, or nerve compression
- Ankle fractures, including stress fractures
Since it’s nearly impossible to stay off your feet and give your ankles ample time to heal, it’s important to have a comprehensive evaluation with a podiatrist to get to the root of your ankle pain.
When should I see a podiatrist for ankle pain?
Ignoring ankle pain or trying to treat it yourself can cause the underlying issue to worsen. Ideally, you’d schedule an exam at Foot Health Center as soon as your ankle pain starts, or right after suffering from an injury. It’s particularly important to book an appointment if your ankle pain is:
- Worsening or not improving after several days
- Causing swelling and inflammation
- Associated with bruising or skin discoloration
- Leading to joint stiffening or difficulty bearing weight on the joint
By gathering in-house digital X-rays and performing comprehensive foot and ankle examinations, your dedicated podiatrist at Foot Health Center can diagnose you on the spot and find the best course of treatment to resolve your ankle pain.