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Signs to Go to a Podiatrist for Ankle Pain

The ankle is composed of a variety of bones, ligaments, and tendons and is designed to allow the movement for the foot and support the body. Pain in the ankle can have a variety of causes that include sprained ankles, stress fractures, tarsal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and Achilles tendonitis. Patients who are experiencing ankle pain should look for a few signs to determine if the care of a podiatrist is necessary. These signs include severe swelling, an open wound or deformity, signs of an infection, or the inability to bear weight. Less severe injuries may still need to be looked at by a podiatrist, if the swelling has been there for 2 to 5 days or the pain has not subsided after several weeks. A podiatrist will be able to properly diagnose the source of the pain as well as suggest the best course of treatment for the condition.  

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Edwin Oghoorian, DPM from Pacific Foot & Ankle Associates . Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.


The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis


Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.


Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.


Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in San Dimas, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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