Foot/Ankle Pain

Conditions We Treat

How Does Downtown’s Healthcare address Foot/Ankle Pain?

Before you consider ankle surgery, fusion or replacement, consider Downtown’s Healthcare multidisciplinary approach to helping patients to avoid prescription drugs and unnecessary surgery. Our treatments for foot & ankles utilizes your own body’s healing power in very precise ways.

Current surgical treatment options for common injuries and arthritis, include ankle arthroscopy to “clean up” damaged cartilage, fusion of ankle bones where cartilage has been lost, and tendon grafts screwed in place to strengthen loose connections between bones. All are painful and may not be effective in the long run. These surgeries typically involve a painful post surgical recovery with a lengthy rehab period to restore strength and mobility to the ankle.

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Foot/Ankle pain Q&A

What is foot / ankle pain?
Most people experience pain in and around their feet or ankles at some point in their lives. It’s one of the most complex, hard-working regions of your body. It has 26 bones and 33 small joints, all held together by a network of soft tissue made up of muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels. What we see at Downtown’s Healthcare is that most cases of foot or ankle pain are short term and are caused by soft tissue injuries, such as sprains or strains. These should gradually heal with the help of simple self-care measures. Though some could take a few months to fully recover. However, some pain can have no obvious cause or may not improve significantly with self-care. Pain that seems to be getting worse, does not improve, or lasts longer than a few months could be due to structural changes in the foot or ankle, or an underlying condition. There can be several explanations for long-term pain in and around the feet or ankles, such as:
  • badly fitting footwear
  • osteoarthritis
  • inflammatory arthritis
  • connective tissue diseases
  • poor blood circulation
  • nerve damage.
What symptoms does Foot / ankle pain cause?

Common symptoms of foot or ankle injury include swelling, tenderness, stiffness, or bruising in the affected area, as well as difficulty standing or walking. Foot and ankle injuries can be acute and caused by single events like a sports injury, or can develop over time from repetitive motion or overuse.

What causes foot / ankle pain?

Pain in the ankle can result from several injuries and conditions. Some of the most common injuries that cause ankle pain include:

  • Bursitis: Fluid-filled sacs called bursae cushion your bones when they move. Bursitis happens when these sacs become irritated and inflamed.
  • Fractures: An accident or injury can cause bones to break (fracture). Ankle fractures range from mild to severe. Broken ankles can involve bones in any part of the ankle joint. A broken ankle causes ankle swelling and pain.
  • Sprains: Sprained ankles are a common cause of ankle pain. An ankle sprain happens when ligaments stretch or tear. Sprained or twisted ankles happen when the ankle rolls forcefully out of its normal position.
  • Tendonitis: Irritated, inflamed tendons are a soft-tissue injury called tendonitis. Tendons connect muscles to bones. Sometimes, a tendon can tear (such as an Achilles tendon rupture). A torn tendon may need surgical repair.

Many diseases, disorders and conditions can also lead to ankle pain. These include:

  • Arthritis: Pain and stiffness in the ankle joint can result from ankle arthritis. Arthritis happens when cartilage (tissue in joints that cushions bones) breaks down. The breakdown causes bones to rub together. Injuries and overuse can lead to arthritis, and it’s more common in people over 65. Several types of arthritis can affect the ankles. Common types include rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
  • Flatfoot: A very low arch (or no arch at all) can cause pain and swelling in the ankles and feet. Sometimes, kids’ arches don’t develop normally as they grow up, resulting in the condition.
  • Gout: A type of arthritis, gout results from a buildup of uric acid throughout the body. Typically, uric acid leaves the body in urine. Excess uric acid creates crystals that settle in the joints. Gout in the ankle can be very painful.
  • Infection: Several types of infection, including cellulitis, can cause swelling and pain in the ankle joint. A bone infection called osteomyelitis can result from a staph infection.
What are the available foot / ankle pain treatments?

Patients suffering from knee pain have choices at Downtown’s Healthcare With a variety of traditional and cutting-edge knee pain solutions to choose from, the team can incorporate one or more to provide pain relief. We start with a very thorough evaluation to see if you are a candidate for services at our office. Options include:

  • Physical Medicine
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Cooperative Injectables for Healing and Support including PRP, HCTP, Ozone
  • mHCTT – micro Human Cell Tissue Transplant
  • Joint injection tissue transplant
  • Supplements and nutraceuticals
  • Weight loss program