Ankle Pain Specialist

Desert Foot & Ankle

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Mesa, AZ & Phoenix, AZ

If left untreated, the underlying cause of your ankle pain can force your ankle to become unstable, which increases your risk of future injury. Find out what’s causing your ankle pain and get started on treatment by booking an exam at Desert Foot and Ankle in Phoenix or Mesa, Arizona. Click on the online scheduler or call either location directly.

Ankle Pain Q & A

Why do I have ankle pain?

Your ankle joints have very important roles: To support your entire body weight and stabilize your lower limbs. It’s because of your ankles you’re able to lift and flex your feet and move each foot from side to side.

Because each step you take puts tremendous stress on your ankle joints, repetitive motions and injuries can take a toll and lead to ankle pain. Some of the most common causes of ankle discomfort include:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Arthritis and gout
  • Sprained ankle
  • Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD)
  • Ankle instability, possibly from flat feet
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome, or nerve compression
  • Ankle fractures, including stress fractures

Since it’s nearly impossible to stay off your feet and give your ankles ample time to heal, it’s important to have a comprehensive evaluation with a podiatrist to get to the root of your ankle pain.

When should I see a podiatrist for ankle pain?

Ignoring ankle pain or trying to treat it yourself can cause the underlying issue to worsen. Ideally, you’d schedule an exam at Desert Foot and Ankle as soon as your ankle pain starts, or right after suffering from an injury. It’s particularly important to book an appointment if your ankle pain is:

  • Worsening or not improving after several days
  • Causing swelling and inflammation
  • Associated with bruising or skin discoloration
  • Leading to joint stiffening or difficulty bearing weight on the joint

By gathering in-house digital X-rays and performing comprehensive foot and ankle examinations, your dedicated podiatrist at Desert Foot and Ankle can diagnose you on the spot and find the best course of treatment to resolve your ankle pain.

What is the treatment for ankle pain?

No matter what’s causing your ankle pain, in most cases, you need to immobilize your ankle joint to help your bones and connective tissues heal. To provide the support your ankle needs, your podiatrist at Desert Foot and Ankle may recommend:

  • Custom orthotic inserts
  • Bracing or compression wrapping
  • Arizona Brace®
  • Richie Brace®

These devices provide effective support and allow you to regain strength in your ankle, and are even considered an alternative to surgery. With a full line of Arizona AFO™ braces available, for instance,  you can comfortably slip on the brace underneath your socks and shoes. The posterior tibial tendon and connective tissues in your ankle joint get the support they need while allowing you to go about your normal daily activities.

Your ankle pain treatment plan at Desert Foot and Ankle may also include physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, or corticosteroid injections. The podiatry team works to relieve pain and inflammation, while also strengthening your ankle to prevent future injury.

Get relief from ankle pain by scheduling an evaluation at Desert Foot and Ankle right away. Book your visit online or over the phone.