Sparks, NV—Your feet and ankles are an overlooked, but immensely important part of your body. You don’t have to break a bone to know how devastating it can be when you’re experiencing the kind of foot and ankle pain that makes it difficult just to get up and walk around. Ankle sprains, Achilles tendon disorders, and arthritis are some of the most common sources of ankle pain. Though these conditions are all common, it doesn’t mean they should be ignored. No amount of pain in the ankles is normal, so call your podiatrist if you experience any of the following symptoms or other types of ankle pain.
1. Taking a step sends a dull ache through your ankle.
This is usually indicative of an ankle sprain. Torn or stretched ligaments that connect the foot and ankle bones—otherwise known as an ankle sprain—are the leading cause of ankle pain in the world. In fact, according to one source, nearly eighty-five percent of all ankle injuries are sprains, and spraining your ankle can drastically increase your chances of re-injury in the future. Let your podiatrist aid your recovery. He/she can give you tips on how to keep your risk of re-injury as low as possible.
2. Bending your ankle is difficult.
Your feet and ankles are flexible by nature. Any discomfort you experience when bending your ankle or taking a strep shouldn’t be disregarded. It could indicate the presence of arthritis in your ankle or an Achilles tendon disorder. Make sure to contact your podiatrist if this symptom persists for more than two days in a row.
3. You experience sharp pain in the back of your ankle.
The back of your ankle is also the location of your Achilles tendon. Overuse of this tendon can often lead to tendonitis, and can be very painful if left untreated. See your podiatrist to learn about recommended therapeutic techniques, medication, or even surgery.
To learn more about foot and ankle surgery in the Sparks, NV area, call (775) 331-1919 today!