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Your ankle seems to hurt more and more every day—is it time to seek help? Your foot doctors at Big Sky Foot & Ankle Institute in Bozeman and Butte, MT, say, "Why wait?" Start feeling better and preserve your mobility with a complete podiatric examination. During this appointment, Dr. Dallin Greene or Dr. Nathan Judd can uncover the reasons for your ankle pain and show you ways to overcome it.
You and your ankles
Your ankles contain seven bones, including the lower leg bones, the fibula, and tibula. Bearing much of your body weight as you stand and move, your ankles withstand literally tons of pressure over the course of a day. As such, much can go wrong with their bones, joints, and connective tissues.
In particular, people who are extremely active(e.g. runners and tennis players) place substantial twisting forces on their ankles. Additionally, with time and age come wear-and-tear and conditions that impact the appearance and function of your ankles.
Ankle pain: sources, diagnosis, and treatment
Sources of ankle pain include:
- Sprain, a tearing or stretching of the connective tissue in the ankle (usually the result of a sudden, lateral twisting)
- Instability (from a previous injury such as a severe sprain)
- Fracture (an acute or stress fracture from overuse or playing sports)
- Arthritis (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
- Bursitis (inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs which cushion the ankle joint)
- Fallen arches (i.e. flat feet)
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome (a compression of the nerve running down the inside of the leg to the ankle)
- Achilles tendinitis (an inflammation of the large tendon which connects the calf muscle and the heel)
At our offices in Bozeman and Butte, MT, Dr. Greene and Dr. Judd use a physical examination and X-ray imaging (sometimes including an MRI or CT scan) to determine the source of your ankle pain. Using this information, your podiatrist will craft a treatment plan to include some of the following:
- Bandaging (compression)
- Ibuprofen for pain
- Cortisone injections to reduce inflammation
- Shoe orthotics to correct gait issues which place undue stress on the ankles
- Physical therapy (specific stretching exercises help ease the pain of Achilles tendinitis)
Surgery is an option, too, but rarely is it the first choice.
Hurting? See one of our foot doctors today
Ankle pain is not a normal part of aging or foot function. If you hurt, please contact Big Sky Foot & Ankle for a consultation. For the Butte location, phone (406) 782-2278, and for the Bozeman office, call (406) 206-6366. Our foot doctors also have a satellite in Anaconda.
Find out what you can do to treat and eliminate your ankle pain and discomfort.
Anytime someone experiences ankle pain it can be very unsettling and worrisome. After all, there are many things that could be causing your ankle pain, from something minor to something very serious that requires immediate medical attention from our Butte and Bozeman, MT, podiatrists, Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd.
What are the common causes of ankle pain?
You can blame everything from injuries to disorders for ankle problems; however, the most common causes of ankle pain include:
- Strains or sprains
- Flat feet
- Fracture (requires immediate medical care)
- Dislocation (requires immediate medical care)
If your ankle pain occurred during a sports injury or a car accident it’s important that you see your Butte and Bozeman foot doctor right away as you could potentially be dealing with a fractured ankle. A fractured ankle needs to be properly treated in order to heal fully and to prevent long-term ankle instability.
If you are dealing with joint swelling and tenderness, particularly in your ankles, then you could have arthritis. If your joint ankle pain has gotten worse, is severe, or is persistent then you need to come in for an evaluation so we can determine whether arthritis might be to blame.
How is ankle pain treated?
There are many ways in which we will treat your ankle pain, but it all depends on the root cause. For example, for minor to moderate ankle injuries such as strains and sprains, we may tell you to limit your activities and follow the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). Those patients with more severe ankle injuries may have to wear a protective boot, use crutches or receive physical therapy and rehabilitation.
Bursitis and tendinitis are common conditions that cause ankle pain and inflammation. They usually come about due to overuse or performing repetitive motions (a common occurrence in athletes). These two conditions can often be alleviated with rest and by following the RICE method. In severe cases, corticosteroid injections may be administered to reduce swelling and pain. You may also be given an ankle brace to provide support and stabilization.
Arthritis is a long-term condition that has no cure; however, our podiatrist can help create the proper medication and treatment plan that will reduce joint pain and swelling in your feet and ankles for the long run and improve your quality of life. Sometimes supportive footwear, braces, and physical therapy can also help reduce arthritis-related symptoms.
If you are dealing with ankle pain in Butte or Bozeman, MT, then it’s high time you figured out what’s going on so you can get back to what really matters in life. Here at Big Sky Foot & Ankle Institute, we will provide you with the answers, treatments, and peace of mind you need.
An ankle sprain is one of the most common injuries to the ankle, resulting from a fall or a sudden twist that forces the ligaments out of their normal position. It’s no wonder so many athletes suffer from ankle sprains every year.
The severity of an ankle sprain depends on whether the ligament is stretched, partially torn or completely torn. Look for the following symptoms if you think you have sprained your ankle:
- Immediate pain at the site of the tear
- Immediate swelling
- Hearing or feeling something tear, pop or snap during the twist
- Pain and difficulty moving the ankle
- Inability to walk or bear weight on the ankle
Treating Your Ankle Sprain
Early treatment of a sprained ankle can improve the recovery time and minimize symptoms. The following steps will reduce swelling and help alleviate pain until you can get into our office.
- Rest: Stay off your ankle as much as possible. This will ease the pain, as well as reduce the swelling.
- Ice: It’s critical to ice your injured ankle throughout the day for the first 24 hours or until the swelling goes down.
- Compression: Elastic wraps, such as an ACE bandage, will help reduce swelling.
- Elevation: Rest your ankle above the level of your heart to keep swelling to a minimum.
Preventing Injuries to the Ankle
With extra care, you can help avoid ankle injuries.
- Wear appropriate shoes for each activity
- Throw out old, worn out shoes
- Be cautious of wet, slippery floors at work or at home
- Wear ankle braces or have your ankle taped during sports activities for increased stability
If you’ve injured your ankle and are experiencing pain or difficulty walking, come into our office for an examination and proper diagnosis. If an ankle sprain is not treated promptly with the necessary attention and care, chronic problems of pain and instability may result. Our podiatrists can recommend a treatment plan based on the severity of the sprain to ensure proper healing and a fast recovery.