Chronic Foot & Ankle Pain
Foot and ankle pain can reduce your range of motion and decrease overall quality of life. This type of pain can be caused by a variety of reasons, including injuries and medical conditions. While most people experience foot and ankle pain at some point in their lives, depending on the cause, this condition can worsen over time and become chronic. It is vital to receive the appropriate medical attention when experiencing these symptoms, as early intervention can ensure proper healing and recovery.
Causes of Chronic Foot & Ankle Pain
An ankle sprain is the leading cause of ankle sprains, making up more than 80 percent of reported ankle injuries. These sprains result from torn or overstretched ligaments that connect our bones. Pain levels can range from mild to severe, and they can be temporary or chronic. Some of the most common illnesses and conditions that lead to shoulder pain include:
Osteoarthritis is the weakening of the cartilage that cushions the ends of bones. Having worn cartilage means that bones rub together, causing pain and stiffness in the joints. Osteoarthritis is more prominent in individuals over the age of 65, but it can occur in people of all ages. While it worsens over time, it can also be caused by previous injuries such as a torn cartilage or ligament.
Sciatica refers to the compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, a long nerve that extends from the lower back, down the buttocks, and into each leg. Sciatica often occurs due to the nerve’s compression, which commonly results from herniated bone spurs, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis.
Traumatic injuries to your foot and ankle can result in painful sprains, strains, and even bone fractures. These can be painful disorders that, if left untreated, can worsen over time, and develop into chronic pain conditions. Receiving the appropriate medical attention after becoming injured is vital in ensuring a smooth road to recovery.
Tendinitis is the inflammation or irritation of a tendon, a thick, fibrous cord that attaches bone to muscle. While inflammation can occur in any of the tendons in the body, it is more likely to develop in the knees, ankle, shoulders, and wrists. While it can occur due to a sudden injury, tendinitis is more commonly caused by repeated movements and minor impacts on the affected area.
Diagnosing Foot & Ankle Pain
To accurately identify and diagnose the source of your foot and ankle pain, our physicians will conduct a series of examinations during your visit. The first step is to perform a thorough physical exam and carefully evaluate your medical and family history. In addition, your doctor may suggest getting blood work, x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs to best single out your condition.
Foot & Ankle Pain Treatment
Our mission is to provide you with a personalized treatment plan that meets all of your needs. We offer various minimally invasive procedures designed to help you manage your foot and ankle pain and regain control of your life. Our team of physicians and specialists possesses decades of extensive experience in a wide range of conditions and is uniquely qualified to treat them. If you or anyone you know is currently suffering from these symptoms, we highly encourage you to contact our team today.
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