Posts for tag: ankle pain

By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
November 19, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: ankle pain  

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.

By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
July 12, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ankle pain   ankle sprain  

Sprained AnkleHave you ever sprained your ankle? At some point in your life, you probably have because it's one of most common lower extremity injuries Americans experience. Usually mild and what doctors call "self-limiting," this overstretching of connective tissue on the outside of the ankle can be serious. Your podiatrists, Dr. Timothy Mason and Dr. Jason Hancock, at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando in Orlando and Oviedo, FL, urge you to know the signs of ankle sprains and what you should do it one happens to you.

You and your ankles

You and your ankles function together every day--walking, running, exercising, going up and down stairs. Made up of the tibia, fibula and talus bones and also fibrous ligaments and tendons composed of collagen, your ankles are strong. However, like any jointed part of your body, they are subject to injury from outside stressors.

For ankles, the more injurious of stressors is sudden sideways, twisting movement. That's why so many runners, dancers, and basketball players suffer ankle sprains. However, simply walking quickly down an uneven surface, such as a lawn, or stepping off a curb can sprain an ankle.

When you sprain an ankle, your ligaments and tendons, especially those on the outer aspect of the ankle, overstretch or even tear depending on the severity of the injury. When this happens, various symptoms show up and they should not be ignored. While most sprains heal well by themselves, some lead to chronic ankle instability and immobility. Your podiatrists in Orlando and Oviedo are fully qualified ankle surgeons and can tell if your ankle needs a surgical intervention of if less invasive remedies would suffice.

Signs you sprained your ankle

American Family Physician reports that 2 million Americans sprain their ankles each year. Commonplace signs of ankle sprains include:

  • Noticeable swelling and stiffness
  • Pain
  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Tenderness to touch

Because major ankle ligaments stabilize the foot and leg when you stand, walk, and run, any injury to them limits the range of motion in the ankle and the ability to bear weight on the affected limb.

Treating ankle sprains

After an examination and X-rays at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando, Dr. Mason or Dr. Hancock will outline an at-home treatment plan to allow your ankle to fully heal over the next several weeks. It can include:

  • Over-the-counter analgesics for pain
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression with an elastic bandage
  • Elevation above the level of the heart
  • Stretching exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Support with a walking cast and/or crutches for more severe injuries

In addition, your podiatrist will want you to strengthen your ankles with conditioning exercises. Many people sprain their ankles because they are not physically active and therefore, more prone to injury.

Contact us

If you suspect you've sprained an ankle, call Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando in Orlando and Oviedo, FL, right away for advice and a same-day appointment as needed. Phone (407) 365-9511 to speak to a friendly team member.

By Orlando Foot and Ankle Institute
May 11, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot pain   ankle pain  

What you need to know about foot and ankle care

You need to take good care of your feet and ankles, because they support you through your life. It is important to protect yourself against foot and ankle carea foot or ankle injury because foot and ankle injuries can put you on the sidelines for a long time. Dr. Timothy Mason at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando, in Orlando, Florida wants you to know all about caring for your feet and ankles and preventing injuries.

Here are a few simple tips to keep you healthy. Remember to:

  • Pay attention to pain; it is not normal. For persistent foot or ankle pain, it’s best to call Dr. Mason.
  • Check your feet and ankles daily using a hand mirror to check the soles of your feet. Look for any changes in your skin; thickened and discolored nails (which could be a sign of nail fungus); cuts or cracks that don’t heal; peeling or scaling (which could be a sign of Athlete’s Foot); or abnormal growths like bunions.
  • Wash and dry your feet daily, and apply lotion to your feet and ankles.
  • Trim your toenails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails.
  • Wear supportive, properly fitting shoes, with plenty of toe room to prevent hammertoe, bunions, corns, and calluses. Try on shoes late in the day when your feet are largest. Replace all worn out shoes.
  • Wear the proper athletic footwear for the sport or activity you are doing.
  • Never go barefoot; always wear foot protection. Always wear at least SPF 15 sunblock if you are outside, and don’t forget your feet and ankles.

If you have diabetes, you are prone to many foot problems including diabetic neuropathy and diabetic ulcers. It is vital you come in and see Dr. Mason at his Orlando office for a check-up at least once every year.

For minor problems, you can try over-the-counter medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen to reduce swelling and pain. Or you can try putting ice on the area. For most foot and ankle problems, you need to see your podiatrist. It’s time to call Dr. Timothy Mason at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando, with three office locations in Orlando and Oviedo, Florida. To find out more about foot and ankle injury prevention and treatment, call today!