Foot pain is an intrusive discomfort, going with us everywhere we walk. It can impose on our daily lives and make it hard to get around. At Advanced Foot and Ankle, we have certified podiatrists to help you get back on your feet again! Call us today to speak with a specialist!
What doctor should I see for ankle pain?
Doctors that specialize in ankle pain are called podiatrists and orthopedists. Podiatrists and orthopedists understand that many issues can be improved with the use of nonsurgical treatment options. For example, a podiatrist or orthopedist might have a patient wear custom orthotics or an ankle brace, perform strengthening exercises or range-of-motion exercises at home, or work with a physical therapist.
When should I see the doctor for ankle pain?
It can be difficult to determine when to see a doctor for foot pain, especially if pain isn’t consistent such as with injuries like plantar fasciitis or heel pain.
You should go to an urgent care or ER for foot pain if:
- You have severe pain and swelling
- You are not able to put weight on your foot or walk
- Have an open wound (Emergency room only)
- Have signs of infection such as redness, warmth or tenderness (Emergency room only)
Schedule an appointment with a foot doctor if:
- You have swelling that perseveres for two to five days even with at-home treatment
- You are experiencing persistent pain or flare ups after activity for several weeks
- If you have numbness or tingling in your foot
How do you treat chronic ankle pain?
Below is a three-step guide for the treatment all ankle sprains—from mild to severe:
- Rest, protect the ankle and reducing the swelling
- Restore range of motion, strength, and flexibility.
- Perform maintenance exercises and gradually return to activities that do not require turning or twisting the ankle. After this, you should be able to do activities that require sharp, sudden turns or cutting activities — such as in tennis, basketball, or football.
This three-step treatment plan can take just 2 weeks to complete for minor sprains or up to 6 to 12 weeks for more severe injuries.
Recommendations also include:
- The RICE protocol. Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Physical therapy.
What causes sharp stabbing pain in ankle?
Below are several causes of sharp, stabbing pain in the ankles:
Foot Sprain — A foot sprain is damage to ligaments within the foot. The term “sprain” refers to over-stretching or tearing of ligaments — the strong, fibrous bands of tissue that hold the bones together within the joints. Foot sprains are usually sports or dance injuries.
Plantar Fasciitis — Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain that occurs due to inflammation in the tendons of the foot. Plantar fasciitis can obstruct daily activities such as walking and exercise, and if untreated, symptoms can become chronic and result in severe pain.
Posterior Tibialis Tendinopathy — The posterior tibialis tendon attaches the calf muscle to the bones on the underside of the foot. It provides stability and arch support. It may result in a flat, unstable foot if the tendon is damaged.
If you or a loved one is experiencing foot pain, come down to Advanced Foot and Ankle today! We have certified podiatrists to assist you with your foot pain. Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online!