Fractures, strains, sprains, and muscle injuries are just some of the causes of ankle pain. Because it’s important to get a thorough diagnosis and treatment plan for your ankle pain, visit with Daniel Bell, DPM, PA of Daniel Bell DPM Foot and Ankle Institute. As a leading board-certified podiatrist in Plantation and Pembroke Pines, Florida, Dr. Bell sees all kinds of ankle issues. Dr. Bell’s team can get you in for a visit when it’s convenient for you. Simply call the office, or book your appointment online.
It’s common to have ankle pain after an injury, like if you have a bad slip and fall, or strain yourself while running. Ankle injuries can include:
Not all ankle pain stems from an injury though. Sometimes ankle pain comes from a more chronic condition like:
When you meet with Dr. Bell, he’ll go over all of your medical history. He’ll want to know your current symptoms and what makes your pain worse or better. Once Dr. Bell gets a clearer understanding as to where you’re having pain and when, he’ll probably take some X-ray images right in his office and examine you.
By the time Dr. Bell looks over your ankle and evaluates your X-rays, he can generally diagnose you on the spot. With soft tissue injuries, including high ankle sprains, it can be tricky to get a complete diagnosis without further imaging. In these cases, Dr. Bell might have to send you to get an MRI or CT scan before diagnosing you. Rest assured, he’ll get to the root of what’s causing your ankle pain and get you set up on a treatment plan.
Once you have a diagnosis, Dr. Bell can start treating the source of your ankle pain. For injuries, including sprains and fractures, you might need a brace or cast. Most injuries also require you to go through physical therapy to rebuild strength in your foot and ankle.
Some ankle conditions can be improved with steroid injections. These types of shots can improve ankle pain caused by injury, arthritis, certain chronic conditions, and even fractures. If you have a severe issue or injury that requires ankle surgery, Dr. Bell will let you know. Because Dr. Bell is board-certified in podiatric surgery and has extensive surgical experience, he’ll get your ankle pain resolved for good.