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Foot Pain / Ankle Pain
What Is Foot Pain / Ankle Pain?
Foot pain and ankle pain are characterized by an unpleasant feeling such as throbbing, discomfort, achiness, sharp, stabbing, burning sensations, shooting or “electrical” pain. Frequently, it is caused by high impact and overuse – usually in sports, running, walking, and lifting. If the pain occurs regularly, it can be a sign of an underlying condition.
What Are The Causes Of Foot Pain / Ankle Pain?
Foot and ankle pain can be caused by numerous occurrences, that can be acute or traumatically induced, to muscles, nerves, ligaments or bone. This can occur from chronic overuse or an acute injury like a fall. Pain on the top of the foot, or exterior tendonitis is a common source of foot pain. A twisted ankle can create excruciating ankle pain and is often caused by exercise and sport. The Achilles tendon is vulnerable to sprains, which can lead to heel pain.
Bursitis produces pain in either the feet or ankles. It is when the bursa – a small fluid-filled sac near a joint, bone, or tendon – becomes inflamed, usually due to repetitive motion.
Plantar fasciitis – sometimes called policeman’s heel – is characterized by inflammation of the tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. It causes heel and foot pain.
Other conditions that cause foot pain and ankle pain include:
- Flat feet and Bunions
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Excess Weight
Foot Pain / Ankle Pain Signs and Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of foot pain and ankle pain include the following:
- Intense burning pain
- Numbness and tingling
- Difficulty standing or walking
- Pain that travels up the leg
What Are The Risk Factors Of Foot Pain / Ankle Pain?
The risk of having knee pain can be increased by the following:
- Obesity or drastic overweightness
- Seldom stretching of the Achilles tendon
- Sports and physically arduous work-life
- Previous injuries
What Is Included In An Effective Foot Pain / Ankle Pain Management Program?
If minor, foot pain and ankle pain can be managed on one’s own. Ice packs make the healing process more efficient, especially when combined with elevation of the foot above the heart.
One may need to use a cast, splint, or walking boot in the case of twisted ankles and foot sprains.
When Is Foot Pain / Ankle Pain Considered Chronic?
Foot pain and ankle pain are considered chronic when they are persistent, and when they do not alleviate after the use of home remedies and exercises. In the case of chronic foot pain and ankle pain, you will need to consult a medical professional to find the problem.
What If I Have Foot Pain / Ankle Pain?
There are a few home remedies you can try right away, including the use of ice packs. You can also stretch and exercise the affected area.
If the pain is serious, see a pain specialist. Dr. Yasha Magyar is a double board-certified osteopathic doctor. He’s Board Certified in physical medicine, rehabilitation and Board Certified in Pain Medicine to cover all your pain needs. Don’t hesitate to contact Network Spine to help with your foot pain / ankle pain.