Most cases of foot or ankle pain are short term and are caused by soft tissue injuries, such as sprains or strains. There can be several explanations for pain in and around the feet or ankles, such as:
badly fitting footwear
connective tissue diseases
poor blood circulation
Ankle pain refers to any kind of pain or discomfort affecting any part of the ankle. Ankle pain usually gets better with at-home treatments such as rest, ice and over-the-counter pain medication.
A physical therapy program can help you strengthen muscles and prevent another injury. Providers treat more severe pain with braces and splits, injections and surgery.
How Do Podiatrist Treat Ankle Pain?
Most ankle injuries heal with at-home treatments. More severe injuries may require surgery. Treatment depends on what’s causing ankle pain. Common treatments for ankle pain include:
Braces and Splints: An ankle brace may relieve pain and stabilize your ankle. Some braces are better for certain activities. Ask your Podiatrist to recommend one that works best for your lifestyle.
Joint Aspiration: During this procedure, your provider inserts a needle into the joint and removes excess fluid. Joint aspirations relieve pain and swelling.
Medications: Several types of medication can reduce inflammation and relieve ankle pain. Drugs to treat arthritis and gout can significantly reduce pain and swelling.
Orthotic Inserts: Orthotics are inserts that fit into your shoes. You can buy them from the store, or your Podiatrist can custom-make them for your feet. Orthotics support and stabilize the foot while ensuring proper alignment.
Physical Therapy (PT): A customized PT program will help you improve flexibility and strengthen muscles that support your ankle. Your physical therapist will create a PT plan with exercises and stretches designed just for you. Be sure to do your prescribed exercises and stretches regularly.
Surgery: A wide range of ankle surgery procedures can repair torn ligaments or tendons. Some options relieve arthritis pain or correct flatfeet. Ankle joint replacement surgery can relieve pain and restore functionality.
How Can I Prevent Ankle Pain?
You may not always be able to prevent ankle pain. But you can keep your bones, ligaments and tendons strong by maintaining good health.
To prevent ankle pain caused by injuries, you should:
Maintain a Healthy Weight: Carrying extra weight puts excess pressure on your joints, including your ankles.
Strengthen other Muscles: By keeping other muscles strong, you’ll support your ankles and reduce your risk of injury.
Stop if you Feel Pain: Don’t ignore pain. If a movement or activity is uncomfortable, take a break. See your provider if the pain doesn’t get better. Continuing to exercise through pain can make injuries worse.
Warm Up Properly: Stretch before exercising. Muscles and soft tissues (like ligaments and tendons) are less likely to be damaged when they’re warm.
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