Find out when you can treat ankle pain at home and when you need to see a professional.
Some minor ankle pain can often be treated with rest and home care; however, this isn’t always the case. In fact, sometimes putting off proper treatment can lead to increased pain, weakness, and long-term instability. Read on to learn what could be causing your ankle pain and when you should make an appointment to see Dr. Timothy Mason, your podiatrist in Orlando, FL.
More about foot and ankle pain
If you are dealing with minor pain, you can often treat your symptoms on your own with simple home care. For instance, you can often ease pain by,
- Wrapping or bracing the ankle to stabilize and support it
- Performing stretching exercises to improve circulation to the ankle
- Wearing supportive, well-cushioned shoes with a low heel
- Applying a wrapped ice pack on the ankle for 15-20 minutes every three hours
- Elevating your ankle to reduce swelling
- Resting as much as possible and staying off the ankle
You should see your Orlando, FL, foot doctor as soon as possible if,
- The pain is severe
- You heard a popping sound at the moment of impact or injury
- The pain has come back or is getting worse
- The pain interferes with your regular activities
- Your symptoms haven’t gotten better despite 2 weeks of at-home care
- You experience numbness, tingling, or weakness in the ankle or foot
- You have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet
There are many things that can cause ankle pain, from worn-out shoes to excessive exercise. The symptoms you experience can actually give you insight into what could be causing your pain. Common causes include:
- Sprained ankle: leads to pain, swelling, and bruising, especially after exercise
- Bursitis: a dull aching pain in the ankle, often accompanied by swelling
- Fracture: a sudden sharp pain that occurs on impact, as well as an audible snapping sound, immediate swelling/bruising, and trouble walking on the foot
Concerned? Give us a call
Are you looking for comprehensive podiatry care in the Oviedo, Lake Mary, or Orlando, FL, area? If foot pain, ankle swelling, or other problems are affecting you, turn to the professionals at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando by dialing 407-365-9511.