Ankle pain can occur at any time, making it difficult to exercise, walk the dog, or run errands. Though most ankle pain resolves on its own, if your symptoms persist for more than a few days, don’t wait to seek professional help. At Optima Foot and Ankle, with the convenient locations in Bend, Oregon, and Redmond, Oregon, expert podiatrists Laura Schweger, DPM, and Evan M. Ross, DPM, provide comprehensive care for ankle pain. Use the online scheduling tool to book online or call the nearest office today.

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What is ankle pain?

Ankle pain refers to any swelling, stiffness, or general discomfort that affects the ankle joint. Your ankle joint consists of three bones: the shin, fibula, and talus. These bones assist you in walking, running, and standing and help support the weight of your legs and upper body.

If you injure one or more of the bones in your ankle while exercising, working, or as a result of general wear-and-tear, it’s normal to experience ankle pain. Most cases of ankle pain respond well to rest, ice, and elevation. However, if your symptoms persist, it may point to a more serious underlying problem.

What are some common causes of ankle pain?

Ankle pain can occur for various reasons. Optima Foot and Ankle regularly treats ankle pain caused by:

  • Arthritis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Fractures, including stress fractures
  • Tendonitis (e.g., Achilles tendonitis)
  • Infection
  • Nerve entrapment
  • Bursitis
  • Ankle dislocation

The podiatrists also provide treatment for ankle pain caused by gout and post-traumatic arthritis.

When should I visit a podiatrist regarding ankle pain?

Most ankle pain is mild and subsides with rest. Make an appointment at Optima Foot and Ankle if you experience extreme swelling or bruising, or your pain interferes with work or other routine tasks. You should also seek professional help if your pain prevents you from putting weight on the affected ankle or if it lasts for more than a few days without improvement.

How is ankle pain diagnosed?

To diagnose ankle pain, your Optima Foot and Ankle provider reviews your health history, physically examines your ankle, and asks about your symptoms, including when the pain started and if there are any movements or activities that make it worse.

If there’s no visible swelling or bruising, your provider might order imaging tests like X-rays, an MRI, or a CT scan. These procedures provide detailed images of the bones, joints, and soft tissues in your ankles and feet and can detect fractures, dislocations, or tears. If your provider suspects an infection, they might also order a joint fluid test.

How is ankle pain treated?

Treatment of ankle pain depends on the underlying cause. Whenever possible, Optima Foot and Ankle recommends conservative, at-home methods of care like rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE protocol). You might also benefit from a compression bandage or over-the-counter pain medication.

If your ankle pain persists, Optima Foot and Ankle might recommend orthotics, physical therapy, a cast, or a splint. In severe cases, surgical intervention may be necessary.

Optima Foot and Ankle provides ankle arthroscopy, a minimally invasive type of surgery that uses small instruments and a fiber-optic camera. Ankle arthroscopy allows for smaller incisions, quicker recovery times, and less risk of complications.

To receive treatment for ankle pain, request a consultation at Optima Foot and Ankle. Use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment or call the nearest office today.