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Finding the Source of Ankle Pain Is Key to Treating It

Ankle pain can originate from different sources. It is critical to pinpoint the sources of pain to alleviate or prevent it, if possible. Some of the things that can cause ankle pain include arthritis, sprained ankles, and plantar fasciitis. Arthritis is a degenerative condition that wears down bones, tendons, and ligaments in a joint. Some types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis, affect ankle joints more than others. A sprained ankle happens when the ligaments in joints get overstretched or torn from physical activity or injury. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that involves inflammation of the plantar fascia, the band of connective tissue that runs from the heel to the toes on the bottom of the foot. It can cause severe pain in the heel area, which often leads to shooting pain in the ankles. It is most painful upon rising and taking the first steps of the day. Pain from plantar fasciitis will generally get better with exercise but worsen afterward. If you suffer from ankle pain, see a podiatrist for a full examination, diagnosis, and treatment plan.

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 from Foot Surgery Specialists of Texas. 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 of foot and ankle injuries vary depending on the injury, but more common ones include:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation/ Swelling
  • Pain


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.


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 our offices located in River Oaks and Sharpstown in Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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