Why Does My Ankle Keep Hurting?

By Dr. Eric Peters, D.P.M.
October 04, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ankle pain  

A little foot and ankle pain is normal from time to time. Everything from spending too many hours in uncomfortable shoes, to overdoing it ankle painat the gym can temporarily strain the feet and ankles. But persistent pain and discomfort that does not subside, or that returns frequently, may be a sign of an injury and should be examined by a foot doctor to determine if treatment or supportive footwear is necessary. Dr. Eric Peters, a foot and ankle doctor in White Plains, NY, recommends scheduling an appointment with a podiatrist in cases of swelling, intense pain, difficulty walking, rotating or putting pressure on the ankle, fever and other signs of infection like redness or warmth, an open wound and bone protrusions or deformities.

Foot and Ankle Pain Diagnosis and Treatment in White Plains

There are different forms of ankle pain which can develop for a number of reasons. The most common type of pain occurs while performing a specific type of movement, like walking, running or jumping. In some cases, mild ankle pain can be managed with conservative treatments like rest, icing, compression, elevation and over the counter pain medication and anti-inflammatories like Advil or Motrin, depending on the cause of the pain.

Common Causes of Ankle Pain

Because the ankle is a weight bearing hinge joint made up of a complex network of bones and connective tissue (ligaments, muscles, cartilage and tendons), it can be especially susceptible to strains and injuries. Some of the most common pain causing injuries and conditions include:

  • Arthritis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Tears, breaks, sprains, and fractures
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bursitis

Find a Foot Doctor in White Plains

Are you suffering from heel or ankle pain? It may be a sign of an injury or orthopedic condition. For more information, and to obtain an accurate diagnosis, contact the office of Dr. Peters by calling (914) 285-4444 to schedule an appointment today.

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