Common Ankle Problems Treated By Your Podiatrist

The most common ankle problems can cause pain, discomfort, and loss of mobility. Whether caused by trauma, development issues, or biomechanical defects, you must get treatment from an experienced podiatrist in Boynton Beach or Boca Raton.

Learn about common ankle problems treated here at the Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center.

Achilles Tendon Rupture

Achilles surgeryAn Achilles tendon rupture can cause sudden and stabbing pain in your calf and lower leg when engaging in sports or another physical activity. The Achilles tendon is the longest and strongest in the body, so a rupture comes with a significant amount of pain and swelling. It can occur in all physically active people but is a common ankle problem for those approaching middle age.

Treatment can involve casting and immobilization, or surgery for more severe ruptures. We treat this common ankle problem using advanced methods to ensure excellent patient outcomes.

Ankle Instability

When the ankle joint becomes unstable from frequent sprains, ankle instability can develop. Genetic conditions can also lead to instability. If you suffer from this condition, the ligaments will be less able to hold the bones of the ankle tight. This common ankle problem can progress with age.

Following trauma or an injury, MRI or X-Ray imaging can be used to diagnose ankle instability. Treatments include surgical grafting or anchoring to make the ankle stronger and more stable following an injury.

Haglund’s Deformity

Frequently wearing stiff or rigid shoes can cause Haglund’s deformity. The soft tissue around the Achilles tendon can become irritated, leading to pain and inflammation. Symptoms like pain after exercise, redness at the back of the heel, or a visible bump at the back of the heel are common. We diagnose this condition with physical examination and MRI if necessary. Conservative care can include physiotherapy, anti-inflammatory medication, and immobilization. If combined with a heel spur, surgical intervention may be necessary.

Treatment for Haglund’s deformity is available at the Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center.

Ankle Trauma

Sprains, strains, and tearing of ligaments can occur at the ankle joint. Ruptures (a full break of the tendon) and fractures can also occur. Ankle trauma can occur during sports, exercise, or from workplace or everyday accidents. Diagnosis involves assessing the symptoms. Specialist imaging may be necessary to identify the nature of the injury. Swelling, pain, and difficulty standing or walking are common with ankle trauma.

If you’ve suffered an injury, you can get treatment from your podiatrist in Boca Raton or Boynton Beach.

Heel Pain

PodiatristPain at the bottom of your heel or on the back of the foot along the Achilles tendon can limit your range of motion and impact your quality of life. Heel pain, like heel spur syndrome and plantar fasciitis, is a chronic condition that is usually worst in the mornings or when getting back on your feet after periods of rest. Heel pain can be treated with changes to your gait or with custom orthotics.

Medications, icing, steroid therapy, and physical therapy can also be used to treat heel pain. At the Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center we also perform extracorporeal shock wave therapy (orthotripsy or ESWT) to treat heel pain. If you are suffering from chronic heel pain, don’t hesitate to schedule your consultation today.

Flat Feet

Flat feet can develop in children or adults at any age. Abnormal arches can lead to problems with gait, ongoing pain and discomfort, and swelling in the feet. The opposite form of this condition, known as high arched feet, can also be treated by your foot doctor in Boca Raton or Boynton Beach.

Orthotic shoe inserts can help to alleviate pain and temporarily correct the mechanics of the feet. Surgery can be used for more severe cases. Solutions like tendon lengthening, bone realignment, joint fusion, and tendon balancing can be considered to treat common ankle problems like flat feet or high arches.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

The tarsal tunnel is a pathway in the foot for arteries, veins, tendons, and nerves. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a condition when nerves become compressed, causing severe shooting, burning, and stabbing pain sensations in the foot. Treatment can be simple and conservative, such as treating the underlying tendinitis. For more severe cases, nerve decompression can be performed with surgery.

Treat the Most Common Ankle Problems in South Florida

At the Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center we have an experienced podiatrist team to treat any of these common foot problems. If you are experiencing pain, discomfort, or have suffered trauma, talk to your podiatrist first. Ignoring foot problems could lead to complications, a loss of mobility, and a more complicated pathway to recovery.

Book your appointment online, talk to us on 561-750-3033, or fill out our contact form today.