Do you have chronic ankle or foot pain? According to a pain report, you're in good company. A full 80 percent of the American population has aching feet or hurting ankles. We offer the latest in podiatric services aimed at restoring your optimal wellness and function.
Causes of foot and ankle pain
The most common cause of ankle pain is the sprain, says the American Podiatric Medical Association. Caused by sudden and forceful twisting motion, an ankle sprain overstretches the supporting ligaments and tendons on the sides of the ankle.
Graded according to severity, sprains can progress to ankle instability if left untreated. In addition, ankle sprains lead to arthritis, and due to the resulting gait imbalance, many sufferers develop painful arthritis in the ankles and feet.
Another common cause of pain in the lower extremities is connective tissue inflammation such as Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis. Heel spurs, which can be very uncomfortable, are often associated with plantar fasciitis. Repetitive motion and overuse commonly cause these conditions.
In addition, these foot deformities lead to substantial pain:
- Bunions, a bulging of the metatarsophalangeal joint at the base of the big toe
- Neuromas, benign cysts between the third and fourth toes
- Hammertoes, claw-like deformities of the toes
- High arch foot
- Flat foot
- Ingrown toenails
- Diabetic neuropathy, the burning, tingling, crushing pain associated with nerve damage in the foot
Help from your foot doctor
If you have sudden or chronic foot or ankle pain, seek competent and compassionate podiatric care at our practice. Our podiatrist will inspect your feet, analyze your gait and how you place your feet on the floor, and take digital X-rays and other types of imaging if warranted. You'll start on a care plan to alleviate your symptoms and to promote your long-term well-being and mobility.
While severe conditions, such as ankle instability, may necessitate surgery, other causes of ankle and foot pain need simpler interventions such as:
- Over the counter analgesics
- Quality footwear with low heels and roomy toe boxes
- Customized shoe inserts (orthotics) to balance gait, cushion and provide protection and support
- Simple rest, ice and elevation
- Bandaging, casting, and crutches (sprain)
- Stretching exercises and physical therapy
You do not have to suffer from foot and ankle pain. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to address your ankle pain in Austin, TX by our podiatrists at Capital Foot and Ankle Surgeons of Austin.