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By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
October 03, 2022
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Ankle Pain  

Your ankles are an important part of your body. Together with your legs and feet, your ankles help carry your body weight. They help you walk, run, and enjoy daily life. So, what happens when you have ankle pain? Your podiatrist can help.

Along with pain in your ankle, you may notice additional signs and symptoms like these:

  • Swelling
  • Inflammation
  • Stiffness

When you have ankle pain, it can cause:

  • Instability when you are walking or standing
  • Difficulty standing on uneven surfaces
  • Tripping and falling, which can injure you further

So, what causes ankle pain? There are some obvious causes like injuring or spraining your ankle, but there are also some medical conditions which can lead to ankle pain. These conditions include:

  • Arthritis in the ankle joint
  • Tendonitis or a torn tendon in your ankle
  • A fractured or broken bone in your ankle
  • A nerve injury in your ankle

For mild ankle pain, you can try a few easy home therapies including:

  • Placing an ice pack on your ankle several times daily
  • Elevating and resting your ankle
  • Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication
  • Wearing an ankle support or brace

For moderate to severe ankle pain, or ankle pain which doesn’t resolve with home therapy, you need to see your podiatrist. Professional treatments your podiatrist may recommend include:

  • Oral steroid medications to reduce swelling
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication to reduce inflammation
  • Physical therapy and stretches to maintain ankle flexibility and mobility
  • Devices including walking casts or braces to provide support and stability

You may need surgery if your ankle pain is due to:

  • A torn ligament
  • A torn tendon
  • A broken or dislocated ankle bone

Don’t suffer with ankle pain when relief is just a phone call away. Your podiatrist can help you find relief from ankle pain and get back on your feet. To find out more about the causes of ankle pain and how you can find relief, talk with an expert–your podiatrist. Call today.

By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
June 07, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Ankle Pain  

Learn more about ankle pain, how to treat it and when to seek professional care.

It should go without saying that if you are dealing with ankle pain, it isn’t something that you should ignore. Whether you noticed it while walking off the field after a game or noticed that the pain has been getting gradually worse over time, it’s important that you turn to your podiatrist to get some answers.

What are some common causes of ankle pain?

An injury to the muscles, bones, and ligaments of the ankle is usually the most common cause of pain. Other causes include,

  • Broken ankle/foot
  • Bursitis
  • Gout
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Stress fracture
  • Sprained ankle

When should I see a doctor?

Even minor issues that may go away on their own may first present with pain. While trying at-home remedies and care to help alleviate your pain is often a great first step, it’s important that you seek immediate care from your foot doctor if you have,

  • Severe pain or swelling
  • A severe malformation or deformity
  • Open wound
  • Cannot bear weight on your foot
  • Notice that the foot is red, warm, or tender to the touch, or you have a high fever (these are all signs of infection)
  • You have ankle pain or other symptoms, and you have diabetes

While you won’t need immediate attention you will still want to come in for care if you experience ankle swelling that doesn’t go away after several days of at-home treatments or ankle pain that hasn’t gotten better within a week of rest and home care.

How is ankle pain treated?

When you turn to a podiatrist, they will perform a physical examination and run imaging tests to diagnose the cause of your ankle pain. Your diagnosis will also help us determine your treatment plan. Of course, many patients that are only dealing with minor issues can often eliminate their symptoms with these self-care options,

  • Resting
  • Avoiding certain activities
  • Icing the ankle
  • Wearing compression bandages
  • Elevating the foot and ankle above your heart
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen

Experiencing ankle pain isn’t normal. If you are experiencing new or worsening ankle pain, or pain resulting from an injury, it’s best to turn to a podiatrist as soon as possible for care.

By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
November 30, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Ankle Pain  

Healthy feet and ankles are essential to your health, wellness, and productivity. When you are experiencing foot or ankle pain in Butte, MT, Bozeman, MT, or Anaconda, MT  it is imperative that you have these problems treated as soon as possible. Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd of Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute are to help. 

Understanding Ankle and Foot Pain

Ankle and foot pain can have many causes. Understanding the origin of your pain will be necessary to find the appropriate treatments for you. With state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, we will be able to pinpoint the exact locations and causes of your pain. 

Ankle and foot pain can be a result of injuries or ongoing pain issues. Some issues which can cause foot and ankle pain in Bozeman, MT can be:

  • Arthritis 
  • Tendon issues 
  • Tarsal syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis 
  • Other disorders 

What Treatments Are Available?

When you visit the podiatrist, you will be evaluated for your overall health and wellness. Your medical history will be examined and diagnostics will be done to determine the cause and location of your ankle or foot pain. Once this information has been gathered, the doctor will be able to develop a treatment plan that is right for you. There are several treatments available for dealing with these pain issues. Here are a few treatment options which might be offered.

  • Pain injections- This treatment method utilizes injections of pain medications directly into the affected area. 
  • Shockwave therapy- This therapy uses laser technology to stimulate the body's own healing processes to reduce pain and inflammation. 
  • Physical therapy- Physical therapy can be very helpful following an injury. This type of treatment will help to retrain the muscles and tendons. Physical therapy is a great way to regain mobility and productivity following a surgery or injury. 

If you would like to learn more about our services or to discuss foot and ankle pain in Bozeman, MT, Butte, MT, or Anaconda, MT, please contact Dr. Greene and Dr. Judd at Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute, at 406-782-2278.

By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
February 15, 2021
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Ankle Pain  

Ankle pain can affect your mobility by making it uncomfortable and difficult to stand or walk. A common cause of ankle pain is a sprain, but several other factors can lead to ankle pain as well. You should not ignore ankle pain. The ankle might not heal properly without treatment, which could lead to chronic pain and instability. Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd, the skilled foot doctors at Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute in Bozeman, Anaconda, and Butte, MT, can diagnose the cause of your ankle pain and develop a treatment plan to alleviate pain and help your ankle heal.

Causes of Ankle Pain

Ankle pain can be due to a number of causes, such as an old injury that never healed properly. It is important to see one of the knowledgeable foot doctors at our office in Bozeman for an accurate diagnosis of the cause so you can receive the right treatment to help your ankle heal. Some common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Sprains or fractures
  • Arthritis or osteoarthritis
  • Achilles tendon injury
  • Peroneal tendon injury
  • Talar dome lesion
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Ankle instability
  • Gout

Treatment Options

Ankle pain can be associated with many different symptoms, including tenderness, swelling, stiffness, and instability. Without treatment, these symptoms can become worse and lead to additional foot problems. Some ankle injuries, such as a sprain, can be treated by resting, icing, and elevating the foot. Immobilization with a cast or brace, can also be helpful. Anti-inflammatory medications can alleviate pain and swelling.

Another treatment option is physical therapy, which can strengthen the ankle joint, improve mobility, and reduce instability. Severe ankle injuries or chronic pain are sometimes best treated through surgery. Our experienced podiatrists can recommend a specific treatment plan for you based on the cause and severity of your ankle injury, as well as other factors.

Don’t ignore your ankle pain. Without treatment, the pain could worsen and your ankle might not heal properly. Dr. Greene or Dr. Judd can help. To schedule an appointment with one of our foot doctors, call Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute in Bozeman, MT, at (406) 782-2278. We have office locations in Butte and Anaconda, as well. Call (406) 782-2278.

By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
July 01, 2019
Tags: Ankle Pain  

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 Ankle PainBozeman 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:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Elevation
  • Bandaging (compression)
  • Casting
  • 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.