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You don’t have to be an athlete, adventurer or even a regular recreational sports person to experience foot or ankle pain. In fact foot pain is often due to faulty biomechanics or genetics (poor foot function or poor structural alignment) and ankle injuries can happen by simply tripping over, wearing inappropriate shoes or walking on uneven ground. Ankle pain can also be caused by arthritis, tendonitis, joint or nerve compression. At Foot & Leg Pain Clinics our musculoskeletal podiatrists are doctors with specific expertise in diagnosing and assisting foot and ankle conditions.
Causes of ankle pain
Ankle pain is usually the result of an ankle injury like a sprain, where the ligaments are stretched or torn or the cartilage or tendons are damaged. However pain can also be the result of degeneration of the joint or tissues or other health issues.
Pain can be caused by:
- An injury or accident
- Nerve damage or injury, such as sciatica
- Blocked blood vessels
- Infection in the ankle joint
Signs that you should see an ankle doctor
If you experience any pain, whether it is due to an activity, fall or accident, a seemingly random ache, soreness or stiffness, our musculoskeletal podiatrists (commonly referred to as foot or ankle doctors) can assist. Pain is your body’s way of letting you know that something isn’t right, so should always be checked by the most appropriate practitioner There are many different clinics who call themselves specialist clinics but a musculoskeletal podiatrist is the most qualified, specifically trained practitioner to diagnose and treat foot and ankle concerns. Surgeons perform surgery, general practitioners (normal GP doctors) focus on general health issues and often rely on medications, but a Foot & Leg Pain Clinics musculoskeletal podiatrist will thoroughly assess and treat your condition practically, naturally and effectively with the expertise that comes with our specific training and many years of expertise.
If you’ve been looking for a foot and ankle specialist, visit one of our clinics and have one of our experts assess your condition and advise on the most appropriate treatment options to assist your needs.
Treatment options at our clinics
Once we have determined the source and nature of your pain, we can then determine the best treatment options, keeping in mind your specific lifestyle and requirements. If you have a sprain or strain, treatment may include immobilization and rehabilitation. If you have soft tissue damage or joint arthritis, prolotherapy or platelet rich plasma (PRP) may be prescribed, along with other important treatment options such as prescription orthotic therapy, foot mobilisation technique, strengthening programs and/or exercise rehabilitation. There are a number of different treatment options available depending upon your individual diagnosis.
It’s extremely important that ankle and foot pain is diagnosed correctly. Our feet and ankles are our foundation so they can affect other parts of the body. Inappropriate diagnosis or ineffective treatment of foot or ankle pain and injury can contribute to a worsening of your current concern, affect other parts of the body and delaying healing.
At Foot & Leg Pain Clinics we are experts in biomechanics, musculoskeletal structure and function of the foot, ankle, leg and knee, so we understand how best to treat issues concerning them.
Not just foot and ankle clinics, we are also experts in treating injuries and pains associated with the knee.
Many people who come to our clinics seeking an ankle doctor also have issues relating to their knees or hips, as one thing can set off a chain reaction in the body. The benefit of seeing our professionals, who are experts in the entire lower limb and who have a holistic approach, is that we can treat the whole problem by tracing it back to the cause and not just treating the individual symptoms. If you’re also experiencing knee pain, or other problems with your legs, book in to see one of our expert practitioners today.