Taking Painless Steps Forward
It could be that sharp, sudden twist and a shooting pain when you’re out for a run. It could be a nagging ankle ache that doesn’t seem to go away, no matter what you do. It could be a stiffness that restricts your joint and makes it hard to move around. Problems in the ankles could be the result of many different conditions, but they all have two things in common: they hurt and limit you. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be the case. Most ankle problems are easily treated, or are preventable in the first place, letting you step forward without worry.
That First Step – Identify
Because pain in your ankle can have so many different sources, you need to have your feet and ankles evaluated to determine the exact cause. Three common sources are sprains, chronic lateral ankle pain, and osteochontritis. Each of these conditions stress the ankle in some way—tendon damage, inflammation, nerve damage, or injury to the bone or cartilage. However, other problems can also be the source. Trauma, inflammation, stress from a lack of support, pinched nerves, and complications from existing foot conditions can all result in significant discomfort. Once you know the culprit, you are able to move forward with treatment. Pequest Foot and Ankle Specialists will evaluate your feet and diagnose the root of the problem, and from there provide treatment tailored to your specific needs.
Investing in Your Feet – Treatment
There are often as many solutions for ankle pain as there are causes. Each condition has its own specific treatments, though many work for multiple issues. We will help you to develop a treatment plan that effectively relieves your discomfort. Anti-inflammatory medications, rest, and icing may be prescribed to help reduce swelling, which is not only painful itself, but could be putting extra pressure on your nerves. Wraps or braces limit unwanted movement in the ankle while it heals from an injury. Oftentimes properly supporting the foot with good shoes or orthotics will stabilize the ankle, too. Physical therapy utilizes stretching and strengthening exercises to condition the joint so that it better handles exercise and stress.
Continuing Forward – Prevention
Avoiding pain altogether is better than dealing with an injury, but even if your ankle has already suffered damage, you may be able to prevent future harm. Good shoes with support, like orthotics, can make all the difference in preventing an injury. They help the foot spread out pressure to relieve strain on the ankle. They also help stabilize the foot to make it less likely to sprain or otherwise damage tendons, muscles, or bones.
Don’t let pain in your ankles keep you from doing what you love. Ignoring your discomfort will allow things to get worse. With care, however, your joints will be stronger and pain-free. For an appointment to take steps to deal with your ankle pain, or to request more information, contact Dr. Gerald Mauriello by visiting the contact or appointment pages on the website, or by calling the Belvidere or Hackettstown, NJ office at (908) 475-8750.