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Ankle Pain

Ankle Pain Specialist NYCThe normal American is actually quite active. An average person walks enough in a lifetime to circle the globe four times! So it should come as no surprise that more than 75 percent of Americans eventually suffer some sort of foot, ankle injury or ankle pain. The ratio is even higher for athletes, so it behooves anyone in New York with an athletic lifestyle to visit a Manhattan foot doctor or podiatrist regularly.

The human ankle is a complex system of muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones. The joint must be strong enough to support your body weight in addition to the stress of regular and irregular movements. Any foot doctor in NYC can tell you that it’s common for you to injure your ankle.

All symptoms should always be evaluated with a thorough consultation and examination by your podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan to exclude any underlying serious condition.

Common Ankle and Foot Pain

Podiatric doctors warn that you can feel pain either on the outside or inside of your ankle. Ankle pain is particularly common and can result from a myriad of causes.

The most common causes and conditions:

  • Sprained ankle: According to podiatrists, this injury is a result of excessive twisting, turning or rolling your ankle. This motion can stretch or tear the ligaments holding together your anklebones. The ligaments are strong bands of tissue that stabilize your joints by limiting movement. Too much twisting or turning can lead to ligament damage on the outside of your ankle. A foot doctor in NYC may admit that non-prescription pain medications can treat a minor sprain, but it’s wise to visit a podiatric doctor to determine the severity of your injury.
  • Bursitis: This condition describes the inflammation of the bursae, fluid-filled sacs that cushion the joints between your bones. These sacs are present in your body’s joints, but it’s in the one on your heel that causes ankle pain. With proper treatment by a qualified foot specialist, your symptoms can disappear in a few weeks, but the problem may be recurring. You may have bursitis if you have a swollen, achy or stiff ankle, especially if the pain gets worse when you apply pressure. Visit a podiatrist if your pain becomes disabling, a fever ensues, or the pain lasts for more than a couple of weeks.
  • Plantar fasciitis: This common heel pain occurs when the tissue connecting your heel and your toes (called the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed. This stabbing sensation is most commonly experienced in the morning, and then it lessens as the day progresses. The condition tends to affect people between the ages of 40–60. People who work on their feet, habitual runners and the obese who wear non-supportive shoes are most at risk.
  • Achilles tendinitis: The Achilles tendon’s function is to connect your heel bone to the muscles in the lower leg. This condition generally is associated with runners who run either long distances or very often. It can be treated at home very often under a doctor’s supervision, although it can take a long time to heal. The most serious cases can result in a rupture, which can feel like a pop or a snap. These injuries tend to occur during recreational sports, and the tear can be partial or total. A severe tear of the Achilles tendon generally requires Achilles Tendon Surgery. Consult a podiatry doctor in this situation.
  • Broken ankle: A broken bone in your ankle can result from a car accident or just a simple misstep. Your NYC podiatrist can tell if the break is severe enough to require surgery — which requires a podiatric surgeon to implant screws, plates or rods. When the break occurs, you may or may not hear a snap. Foot doctors list symptoms that include swelling, bruising and throbbing. Your pain may increase with exercise and dissipate with rest. Visit the office of your NYC foot specialist if your pain doesn’t subside on its own.
  • Stress fractures: When you have a stress fracture, your podiatry doctor observes tiny cracks in your bone. They’re caused by repetitive stress or overuse. While excessive jumping and distance running are common causes, these fractures can appear after normal activity if your bones have been weakened by osteoporosis. Track and field athletes are often susceptible too. The condition causes localized pain that tends to disappear when rested. If the pain doesn’t go away, visit your Manhattan foot doctor.
  • Avulsion fracture: Most common among athletes and small children, this is a foot fracture in which the tendon pulls off a piece of bone. Most podiatry doctors recommend a treatment similar to a sprain. In other words, you need ice, rest and elevation of the injured foot.
  • Gout: When uric acid crystals form in the joints of your body, you get gout. Your podiatric specialist can explain that while it’s more commonly associated with your big toe, it can still occur in your ankle. Characterized by extreme pain that appears suddenly, even at night, gout can feel like your joint is on fire. There’s usually swelling, redness and reduced mobility in the affected joints. If these symptoms are present, consult your doctor as soon as possible. Untreated, gout can get worse and lead to permanent joint damage. Diet is usually the culprit, since the uric acid level comes from a eating a diet high in purines. Beef, organ meats, seafood, alcohol and sugar are among the high purine foods. Obesity, certain medical conditions and family history are also factors. Although most common in men between the ages of 30 and 50, gout can hit postmenopausal women as well.
  • Osteoarthritis: The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis is a result of your bone’s protective cartilage being worn down over time. According to podiatric doctors, you’ll feel pain, stiffness and a grating sensation with osteoarthritis. Being a degenerative disease, it gets worse over time, eventually preventing you from working or even performing daily tasks. X-rays, MRIs, blood tests and joint fluid analyses help diagnose the condition. Your foot doctor can perform these tests. Risk factors that lead to condition include:
    • Obesity
    • Aging
    • Joint injuries
    • Repetitive movements
    • Being female
    • Genetics
    • Deformed bones
  • Osteochondritis dissecans: This condition occurs when the bone beneath your cartilage dies from insufficient blood flow. Your cartilage and bone then break free, leading to pain and hampered movement. Your foot specialist warns that while it’s most common with young children, it can occur after impact injuries. While it’s possible for the condition to heal naturally, surgery may be necessary if the fragments are limiting your movement or the pain becomes intolerable.

All symptoms should always be evaluated with a thorough consultation and examination by your podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan to exclude any underlying serious condition.

Important Reminder: This information is only intended to provide guidance, not a definitive medical advice. Please consult foot doctor about your specific condition. Only a trained, experienced board certified podiatrist or foot specialist can determine an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.

Do you have any questions about Ankle Pain? Would like to schedule an appointment with an internationally recognized, top NYC Podiatrist and foot doctor, Dr. Jennifer McCoy of Manhattan Foot Specialists, please contact our office for consultation.

Manhattan Foot Specialists
Dr. Jennifer McCoy, Podiatrist (NYC Foot Doctor)

51 East 25th Street, Ste 409
New York, NY 10010

(Between Madison Ave & Park Ave)
(212) 687-2930

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The information on this website is to provide general guidance. In no way does any of the information provided reflect definitive medical advice and self diagnoses should not be made based on information obtained online. It is important to consult a best in class podiatrist regarding ANY and ALL symptoms or signs as it may a sign of a serious illness or condition. A thorough consultation and examination should ALWAYS be performed for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Be sure to call a physician or call our office today and schedule a consultation.