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Possible Reasons for Foot and Ankle Pain

A common type of foot pain is known as plantar fasciitis. This condition can cause considerable pain and discomfort and occurs when the plantar fascia becomes injured or torn. A portion of the pain may subside when the calf muscles are stretched during the day. A small crack in the bones of the feet is referred to as a stress fracture, and this is a common ailment among runners. It can gradually develop if mileage and running time are increased too quickly. Some patients find it helpful to wear a boot that can provide stability as the healing process occurs. When shoes are worn that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in, a bunion may develop. This is considered to be a deformity, and an obvious symptom is a bony protrusion on the side of the big toe. If you have any type of pain in your feet or ankles, please consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat foot pain.

Foot and ankle trauma is common among athletes and the elderly. If you have concerns that you may have experienced trauma to the foot and ankle, consult with one of our podiatrists of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Foot and ankle trauma cover a range of injuries all over the foot; common injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Muscle strains
  • Injuries to the tendons and ligaments
  • Stress fractures

Symptoms

Symptoms of foot and ankle injuries vary depending on the injury, but more common ones include:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation/ Swelling
  • Pain

Diagnosis

To properly diagnose the exact type of injury, podiatrists will conduct a number of different tests. Some of these include sensation and visual tests, X-rays, and MRIs. Medical and family histories will also be taken into account.

Treatment

Once the injury has been diagnosed, the podiatrist can than offer the best treatment options for you. In less severe cases, rest and keeping pressure off the foot may be all that’s necessary. Orthotics, such as a specially made shoes, or immobilization devices, like splints or casts, may be deemed necessary. Finally, if the injury is severe enough, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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