Ankle & Foot Pain
Dr. Akash Bajaj and the staff at Remedy Spine & Pain Solutions located in Marina del Rey and Manhattan Beach, California, offer patients various pain relief options for injuries and conditions affecting the foot and ankle. Patients come from across Los Angeles for the innovative and effective treatments available.
Symptoms of Ankle & Foot Pain
- Dull aches
- Pain at the outer edges of the foot, heel, ball, toe, or other areas
- Inability to move the ankles
- Loss of flexibility at the ankles
- Discomfort during movements
- Loss of mobility
Common Ankle & Foot Conditions
Achilles tendinitis is a type of ankle injury common amongst runners and athletes. It occurs due to the overuse of the large Achilles tendon. People with this condition will experience pain just above the heel or on the back of the legs.
Stress fractures, as the name suggests, are fractures (small cracks) in the bones of the feet and ankles. Stress fractures are particularly common amongst individuals participating in tennis, basketball, running, and other sports that place immense stress on the feet. The fractures usually occur when the muscles can’t absorb the repeated impact.
Ankle sprains occur due to ankle ligament damages, which usually happens when you twist your foot. Ankle sprains take two forms — inversion ankle sprains and eversion ankle sprains. Inversion ankle sprains are caused by outer ligament damages when you twist the foot inwards. Eversion ankle sprains are caused by inner ligament damages when you twist the foot outwards.
Plantar fasciitis is especially common amongst runners. It generally occurs when the band of tissues supporting the arch of the foot sustains excessive stress, leading to stabbing pains in the foot and heel. The pain is usually at its worst in the morning and gradually improves over the day.
Ankle & Foot Pain Q&A
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot and heel pain. The condition results from damage to the thick band of fibrous tissue that connects the heel to the ball of the foot. When that tissue is compromised by excessive athletic strain, improper footwear, or chronic obesity, high levels of pain can result. Discomfort and pain are most pronounced in the morning or after long periods of being off of one’s feet and tend to subside during the course of normal daily activities, only to flare up again once the area has been rested.
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
When plantar fasciitis leads to foot fatigue, the structure of the muscles of the foot can become altered. Trigger points, which are small muscle bundles that experience involuntary contractions, can develop. The anatomy of the human foot is incredibly complex, providing plenty of places for these trigger points to occur. Some patients are able to find a measure of relief by various stretching techniques, but it is not uncommon for self-care approaches to fail in delivering lasting results. Trigger point injections can help to relieve the pain associated with plantar fasciitis by delivering medication directly to the affected muscle knot.
What are some of the common causes of ankle pain?
Ankle pain can have a number of causes. Often, irritation of the Achilles’ tendon is the culprit. In some cases, various types of arthritis are to blame. Patients are sometimes suffering from bursitis, which is an inflammation of the small fluid-filled sacs that provide a cushioning effect in the joints. Gout is another condition that can be expressed by pain in the ankle area. The first step in finding relief from persistent ankle pain is scheduling a consultation to determine the cause of the condition. From that point forward, various treatment options can be explored.