Your ankle bears your body weight while providing a wide range of motion. When you injure your ankle, it not only hurts, but it also severely reduces your mobility. Ankle pain may mean you received an injury, such as a fracture, a sprain or worse. Diseases — such as osteoarthritis, gout or diabetes — can also cause ankle pain. Get an accurate diagnosis from a board-certified podiatrist like Dr. Velimir Petkov at Premier Podiatry. They’re located just outside of NYC in northern NJ. Call today to get out of pain and back on your feet!
One of the most complex joints of your body, your ankle consists of ligaments, tendons, muscles and bone. It’s strong enough to bear your entire body weight and flexible enough to let you move in various directions. Your ankle is the meeting point of three major bones, and any damage to its structure can result in swelling, pain and a loss of mobility. Whenever you’re in pain or limited in mobility, don’t keep taking over-the-counter painkillers; find expert ankle pain treatment.
Dr. Velimir Petkov, your New Jersey podiatrist, first determines the cause of your ankle pain before recommending treatment. Front ankle pain treatment addresses sprains, joint inflammation, bursitis, psoriatic arthritis, stress fractures, or even gout. Back of ankle pain treatment focuses primarily on Achilles tendonitis or a rupture to that tendon. If you need ankle pain treatment, visit Dr. Petkov and his team at Premier Podiatry in Clifton, NJ.
Although quite painful, simple sprains or strains may respond well enough to standard self-care options such as rest, ice, compression and elevation. But only a podiatrist can determine whether you have a sprain, strain or something more serious. Seek ankle pain treatment to know for certain why your ankle hurts, especially if you notice:
If Dr. Petkov recommends self-care techniques, your symptoms should improve within about a week. But if the swelling hasn’t diminished and the pain persists for longer than that, you may have some structural ankle damage that requires ankle pain treatment from a specialist.
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While anyone can experience ankle pain, especially after a foot injury, some people are more susceptible to serious damage. If you’re an athlete who engages in high-impact exercise, you may have weakened your ankle muscles, making an injury more likely. If you’ve had previous ankle injuries, it becomes easier to reinjure it.
Tearing or straining your ankle tendons, such as the Achilles tendon, weakens the structure of the ankle and leaves it more susceptible to future injury. Other causes of ankle pain include a medical disorder, such as:
In rare circumstances, infections from an injury, diabetes or an impaired immune system may result in inflammation, bruising and pain. Such infections require prompt medical treatment to prevent a more widespread or systemic infection, which can become life-threatening.
After reviewing your medical history, Dr, Petkov performs a thorough examination, which may include imaging tests like a digital x-ray. Once he reaches a definitive diagnosis, he recommends an ankle pain treatment designed to relieve your discomfort and maximize healing. Starting with the most conservative methods, your podiatrist may suggest:
Effective treatment for both the front and back of your ankle requires a highly trained and experienced podiatrist. Say goodbye to ankle pain. Contact Premier Podiatry in northern NJ to make an appointment today.Give Us A Call Today 973-315-5555