Both your foot and ankle have complex interactions of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves, making this area highly susceptible to injury. These structures work together to bear your body weight and allow you to walk, run, jump and even stand up straight. With so many parts contributing to your foot and ankle health, it’s not uncommon to experience pain from an injury or underlying medical condition.
If pain or swelling in your feet or ankles are interfering with your daily activities, then it’s time to schedule your appointment at NJ Spine and Wellness. Our orthopedic doctors will provide a thorough examination to find the underlying diagnosis and get you on the road to full recovery.
What’s Causing Your Foot or Ankle Pain?
Whether it’s pain in your foot, ankle or a little bit of both, many possible culprits could be to blame. Foot and ankle pain are both quite common and can affect anyone at any age, especially when caused by an injury.
These highly specialized areas of your body experience a lot of wear and tear over the course of your lifetime. Chronic overuse, an underlying medical condition or injury can impact any of the components that make up your feet and ankles, leading to severe pain.
It takes a trained orthopedic specialist to diagnose foot or ankle pain. Some of the most common causes include:
- Sprains or strains
- Injury to the Achilles tendon
- Arthritis, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
- Deformities such as bunions, claw toes, mallet toes, hammertoes and bone spurs
- Plantar fasciitis
Treating Foot and Ankle Pain
When you meet with one of our doctors for your appointment at NJ Spine and Wellness, we’ll ask about your lifestyle and painful foot and ankle symptoms. After a thorough examination, our doctors will recommend a treatment we feel would be most suitable for your condition and lifestyle.
We usually pursue nonsurgical, conservative options first, which could include:
- Orthotics: An appliance, such as an ankle brace, designed to support your foot or ankle to improve overall function
- Physical therapy: Specialized techniques and exercises designed to help strengthen and restore the structures in your foot or ankle
- Injections: Medications injected directly into the problematic area of your foot or ankle to relieve pain and swelling
Depending on your diagnosis, surgery may be the best course of action, so your foot or ankle returns to full function. However, whether we pursue surgical or nonsurgical treatment, our goal is to develop a safe, long-term plan for your care that will improve your overall health and mobility.
Get Better Faster When You Choose NJ Spine and Wellness
If you struggle with pain and loss of mobility because of an issue related to your foot or ankle, don’t wait another day. Book your appointment with the compassionate and caring team at NJ Spine and Wellness. You can also give us a call at 877-333-6579.