My Podiatry Blog

Posts for: November, 2016

By The Ford Center for Foot Surgery
November 08, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: ankle pain   ankle injury  

Are you noticing ankle pain after physical activity? Find out what you should do to treat your discomfort.

It should go without saying that if you are dealing with ankle pain it isn’t something that you should just ignore. Whether you noticed it ankle painwhile walking off the field after a game or you have been noticing that the pain has been getting gradually worse over time, it’s important that you turn to our Sparks, NV podiatrists Dr. Douglas Doxey and Dr. L. Bruce Ford to get some answers.

What are some common causes of ankle pain?

An injury to the muscles, bones and ligaments of the ankle is usually the most common cause of pain. Other causes include:

  • Broken ankle/foot
  • Bursitis
  • Gout
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Stress fracture
  • Sprained ankle

When should I see a doctor?

Even minor issues that may go away on their own may first present with pain. While trying at-home remedies and care to help alleviate your pain is often a great first step it’s important that you seek immediate care from our Sparks, NV foot doctor if you have:

  • Severe pain or swelling
  • A severe malformation or deformity
  • Cannot bear weight on your foot
  • Notice that the foot is red, warm or tender to the touch or you have a high fever (these are all signs of infection)
  • You have ankle pain or other symptoms and you have diabetes

While you won’t need to seek immediate attention you will still want to come in for care if you experience:

  • Ankle swelling that doesn’t go away after several days of at-home treatments
  • Ankle pain that hasn’t gotten better in a couple weeks

How is ankle pain treated?

When you come into our office for care we will provide a proper diagnosis. Your diagnosis will also help us determine your treatment plan. Of course, many patients that are only dealing with minor issues can often eliminate their symptoms with these self-care options:

  • Resting
  • Avoiding certain activities
  • Icing the ankle
  • Wearing compression bandages
  • Elevating the foot and ankle above your heart
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen

Experiencing ankle pain isn’t normal. If this is happening to you then it’s time you turned to Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada in Sparks, NV to find out what is going on so that you can get on the road to recovery.