Is it time to seek professional advice about your ankle pain?
Ankle pain can certainly put a damper on your routine. When your ankle feels sore, stiff or swollen, it can be difficult just to climb the steps in your house let alone enjoy your normal exercise routine. When ankle pain starts to slow you down it’s time to talk to our West Houston, TX, foot and ankle doctors to find out what’s going on and how to treat it.
What is causing my ankle pain?
There are many conditions and injuries that can lead to ankle pain. Some of the most common types of ankle pain that our West Houston Foot & Ankle Institute Doctor's Dr. Asia Lo, Dr. Manish Patel, or Dr. Usman Sultan,
- Sprained ankle
- Fractured ankle
- Chronic lateral ankle pain or Instability
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Osteoarthritis or Gout
- Flat feet
- Achilles tendonitis
- Infection of the ankle or Wounds
Since many ankle injuries cause the same symptoms it’s important to have a medical professional examine your ankle to determine the extent of the injury. You should also seek medical care for your ankle pain if,
- Your pain doesn’t get better within a week of at-home care and rest
- Swelling in the ankle hasn’t gone away within three to four days of rest
- You experience severe pain or swelling
- You are unable to put weight on the foot
- You develop a fever or notice skin around the ankle that is warm to the touch or red (signs of an infection)
- There is a visible deformity in the ankle
How is ankle pain treated?
To determine the best approach for treating your ankle pain we will first need to find out what’s causing your symptoms. Minor injuries can often heal quickly with simple home care (aka: the RICE method); however, chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis or chronic lateral ankle pain will require different treatments in order to prevent the problem from getting worse. Your doctor may recommend,
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Strengthening foot and ankle exercises
- Pain medications
- Other medications (e.g. arthritis medication)
- Bracing or splinting the ankle
- Custom orthotics
- Ultrasound therapy
- Electrical stimulation
- Cortisone injections
If you are dealing with ankle pain here in West Houston, TX, you’ll want to turn to a foot and ankle doctor that can provide you with comprehensive, individualized care. To get started, call Foot & Ankle Institute at (281) 531-4100 to book an appointment.