Louisiana Pain Specialists
Pain Management & Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation located in New Orleans, Kenner, Baton Rouge, Marrero, Laplace, & Metairie, LA
Foot and ankle pain might be due to an acute injury like a fracture or sprain or chronic conditions like plantar fasciitis or arthritis. Whatever's causing your discomfort, the experts at Louisiana Pain Specialists can help. With offices in Kenner, Metairie, Laplace, Baton Rouge, Marrero, and New Orleans, Louisiana, they offer expert diagnosis and treatment for a comprehensive range of conditions. Find the right therapy for your foot and ankle pain by calling your nearest Louisiana Pain Specialists office or book an appointment online today.
Foot and Ankle Pain Q & A
What is foot and ankle pain?
Your feet and ankles support your whole weight and endure extreme stress when you run or jump, so injuries and other foot problems are common. Foot and ankle pain can be very disruptive and have a significant impact on your daily activities.
Standing for prolonged periods and wearing ill-fitting, unsupportive, or unsuitable footwear frequently results in foot and ankle pain that could develop into a chronic problem without treatment.
If you experience severe pain or swelling, have open wounds oozing pus, or can’t walk, you should seek urgent medical attention.
What causes foot and ankle pain?
Foot and ankle pain may result from several conditions, common ones being:
Sprained ankles are injuries where you overstretch or tear the ligaments connecting your ankle bones.
Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and gout are the most common kinds of arthritis affecting feet and ankles.
Overuse causes tiny tears in your Achilles tendon, which joins your calf muscle to the heel bones. Tendonitis typically develops slowly as the number of tears increases and inflammation sets in.
Bursae are fluid-filled sacs between tendons and bones. The two in your ankle can become inflamed from overuse or irritation, causing pain, swelling, and stiffness.
Flat Feet is a condition where the arch of your foot is too low, which can strain other parts of your foot and leg.
Bone spurs are calcium deposits causing bony protrusions, often in the heel.
Plantar fasciitis is a common reason for heel pain. It's due to inflammation of the band of tissue (plantar fascia) that runs from your heel to your toes.
Other potential causes of foot and ankle pain include sports injuries, diabetes, broken bones, and bunions.
How is foot and ankle pain treated?
There are a variety of treatment options for foot and ankle pain, depending on what's causing the problem. Often, simply changing your footwear can resolve your pain.
Louisiana Pain Specialists recommends physical therapy and exercises designed to tackle your specific condition, alongside treatments such as:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Compression bandages
- Gentle heat
- Therapeutic massage
- Orthotics (medical shoe inserts)
- Ultrasound therapy
- Cortisone injections
- Walking casts
Regenerative medicine techniques like prolotherapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections can help with some causes of foot and ankle pain. These treatments stimulate the healing process and encourage healthy new tissue growth.
To find out what's causing your foot and ankle pain and get the proper treatment, call your nearest Louisiana Pain Specialists office or book an appointment online today.