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Ankle Pain Specialist

Chicagoland Foot and Ankle

Board Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists & Surgeons located in Beverly/Mt. Greenwood, Portage Park Chicago, IL & Orland Park, IL & New Lenox, IL

Ankle pain is a common problem that occurs for various reasons. Most ankle pain responds to conservative, at-home treatments, but if your symptoms persist, don’t wait to seek professional help. At Chicagoland Foot and Ankle, with locations in the Beverly/Mt. Greenwood and Portage Park areas of Chicago, as well as Orland Park and New Lenox, Illinois, the board-certified foot and ankle specialists provide diagnosis and treatment of ankle pain. To schedule an appointment, book online or call the nearest office today.

Ankle Pain Q&A

What is ankle pain?

Ankle pain refers to any swelling, stiffness, or general discomfort that affects the ankle. 

Your ankles are complex joints with several different bones, tendons, and ligaments. They support the weight of your entire upper body and facilitate movements like walking, running, and jumping. 

What causes ankle pain?

Ankle pain occurs for various reasons, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Ankle sprain
  • Bursitis
  • Infection
  • Nerve damage (neuropathy)
  • Blocked blood vessels
  • Gout
  • Tendonitis
  • Bone spurs
  • Broken bones
  • Flat feet

You might also experience ankle pain due to a sports or work-related injury.

When should I see a specialist about ankle pain?

It’s important to make an appointment with the team at Chicagoland Foot and Ankle if your ankle pain is severe or causes swelling. You should also seek professional medical help if your ankle pain persists for several days despite at-home treatments like ice, rest, and elevation. 

Receiving a prompt diagnosis and intervention can prevent further issues, restoring your mobility and quality of life.

How is ankle pain diagnosed?

The team at Chicagoland Foot and Ankle diagnoses ankle pain by reviewing your medical history, asking about your symptoms and lifestyle, and conducting a physical exam.

Your provider observes both ankles, gently pressing on them to pinpoint areas of swelling, bruising, or warmth. They also have you perform a series of easy exercises to test your ankle’s strength and range of motion. 

If a physical exam doesn’t provide enough information to make a diagnosis, your provider might recommend diagnostic imaging with X-rays, ultrasound, CT scan, or an MRI.

How is ankle pain treated?

Treatment of ankle pain depends on the intensity of your symptoms and the underlying cause. 

Usually, the team at Chicagoland Foot and Ankle recommends conservative, noninvasive treatments like rest, compression, physical therapy, or custom orthotics. If your pain persists or gets worse, you might benefit from joint injections.

In severe instances of ankle pain, surgical intervention may be necessary. The team offers several types of ankle surgery, including minimally invasive treatment options.

Is there any way to prevent ankle pain?

There’s no way to prevent ankle pain entirely, but you can significantly lower your risk by warming up prior to athletic activity, regularly stretching and strengthening your muscles, and wearing appropriate footwear that fits comfortably. 

Preventive measures like these can keep your ankles healthy and problem-free for years to come.

To receive treatment for ankle pain, schedule an appointment at Chicagoland Foot and Ankle. Book a consultation online, or call the nearest office to speak with a friendly team member.