Foot pain comes in many different forms, from sore ankles to sharp pain in the arches. At Advanced Foot and Ankle, we have certified podiatrists who can help you with all of your foot pain needs! Call us today to book an appointment or visit us online!
What doctor should I see for ankle pain?
Foot and ankle doctors, also called podiatrists, are specialists who study the workings of the feet and ankles in depth. With their expert knowledge, podiatrists are able to diagnose and treat a full range of ankle injuries and foot issues. Patients often seek treatment from podiatrists for issues such as bunions, foot fractures, and ankle sprains.
When should I see the doctor for ankle pain?
The majority of the time, a sprained ankle isn’t an emergency. However, even minor sprains could be more serious and improper healing could result in long-term pain or ankle instability. You should see a podiatrist if you have any of these sprained ankle symptoms:
- Sudden pain or pulling in your ankle if it is twisted or injured
- A popping sound from your ankle if it is twisted or injured
- Pain or tenderness when touching your ankle
- Inability to bear weight on the affected leg
How do you treat chronic ankle pain?
For treatment at-home treatment of ankle pain that you can start right away, the RICE method is recommended. This includes:
Rest — Avoid putting weight on your ankle. Try to move as little as possible for the first few days. If you have to walk or move, use crutches or a cane.
Ice — Begin by putting a bag of ice on your ankle for at least 20 minutes at a time, with 90 minutes between icing sessions. Do these three to five times a day for 3 days after the injury. This helps reduce swelling and numb pain.
Compression — Use an elastic band to wrap your injured ankle. Avoid wrapping it too tightly: your ankle should not become numb and your toes should not turn blue.
Elevation — Every time it is possible, keep your ankle raised above heart level on a stack of pillows or a different type of support structure.
You can take over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, to relieve pain and swelling. Once your pain lessens, gently exercise your ankle by rotating it in circles. Rotate in both directions, and stop if it begins to hurt. By using your hands, you can also gently flex the ankle up and down. These exercises will return your range of motion, help reduce swelling, and speed up the recovery process.
If your ankle pain is a result of arthritis, you won’t be able to heal the injury completely. However, there are ways you can manage it. It may help to:
- use topical pain relievers
- take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation
- stay physically active and focus on moderate exercise
- practice healthy eating habits
- stretch regularly to help maintain a good range of motion in your joints
- keep your body weight within a healthy range
What causes sharp stabbing pain in ankle?
Below are several different causes of sharp, stabbing pain in the ankles:
Osteoarthritis — Arthritis is the inflammation and stiffness of cartilage in the ankles. This often causes the bones to rub against each other, which leads to pain and instability in the ankle joints.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis include:
- ankle pain
- growth of bony areas over the ankle joint
- trouble walking or bending the ankle
Flatfoot disorder — Acquired flatfoot disorder, also called posterior tibial tendon dysfunction or simply, fallen arches, usually affects one foot only and is a disorder of the tendon that supports the arch of the foot.
Flatfoot disorder causes the arch of the foot to come into contact with the ground.
Symptoms of flatfoot disorder include:
- flattening of the foot’s arch
- pain on the outside of the foot
- pain when doing activities that work the tendon, such as hiking, climbing stairs, or running
- rolling the ankle inward, or over-pronation
- swelling around the foot and ankle
If you or someone you know is experiencing foot pain, come to Advanced Foot and Ankle today! We have certified podiatrists to get you back on your feet again! Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist.