Ankle Problems and Pains

Are you wondering why your ankle hurts? 

There are many reasons a person may come into our office complaining of ankle pain and other issues. It’s important that you turn to one of our Philadelphia podiatrists to find out what’s going on. After all, many ankle problems can lead to further issues if not properly addressed. From injuries to chronic conditions, there are many causes for ankle problems and pain including,  

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Ruptured tendon
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Sprains and strains
  • Stress fracture
  • Broken bone
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ankle instability
  • Gout

Should I see a doctor? 

While minor ankle pain and swelling can often be treated by taking time to rest and by utilizing certain home remedies such as ice, elevation and over-the-counter pain relievers, you should see our Philadelphia podiatrist if the pain doesn’t get better after several weeks of rest and home care, or if ankle swelling lasts for more than five days.

Those with ankle pain may also develop redness, skin that is warm to the touch, stiffness, limited range of motion or weakness in the ankle. Pain can also range from a dull ache to throbbing or searing pain.  

How can I treat ankle pain at home? 

If you are dealing with minor discomfort, the RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) method can help to ease symptoms and promote healing. This is your first line of defense. You may also do simple ankle and foot exercises that can help to retrain and rebuild the muscles, ligaments and tendons in and around the ankle to prevent injuries in the future.

How can a podiatrist help me? 

Unfortunately, if you don’t treat certain ankle injuries properly you are at an increased risk for ankle instability, a chronic condition that causes a weak, unstable ankle that often “gives out”. A podiatrist can provide you with additional and more advanced treatment options such as,

  • Prescription pain relievers
  • Bracing
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Surgery

The Foot & Ankle Group is proud to serve the Philadelphia, Mount Laurel, Bordentown and Columbus, NJ, areas. If you are dealing with ankle pain and other problems give us a call at (856) 234-0195, (215) 332-5300, (609) 291-0960 or (609) 298-7000.