Ankle & Foot Pain

Preventing Foot & Ankle Pain

Do you have a searing pain in your foot that’s preventing you from taking a step? Is your ankle swollen? Both pain and inflammation are examples of an injury in your feet and ankles. At Source Healthcare, we are a premier Santa Monica Spine and interventional pain specialist. We can diagnose your condition and provide the most suitable treatment.

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Who is Most Vulnerable to Experience Ankle & Foot Pain?

Apart from athletes and physically active individuals, you may be more prone to getting ankle and foot pain if you:

  • Are overweight or obese.
  • Have suffered an accident or injury that leads to sprains, tendinitis, fractures, and ligament tears.
  • Are genetically susceptible to ankle or foot conditions.
  • Have a very bad diet (pain can be a symptom of poor nutrition).
  • Have a job that involves standing or squatting for a long time.
  • Are pregnant.

Your Ankles & Feet Take On a Lot of Stress

The structure of your feet is quite complex. A series of interconnected bones fuse the feet with the ankles. Together, with the toe bones and shin bones, the feet and ankles support your entire body weight. They are responsible for providing you strength, balance, and stability when you’re standing upright.

If you are a professional athlete, or when you play a sport (especially one that involves a lot of running, jumping, or weightlifting) the bones in your ankles and feet experience immense stress. Over time, these bones wear down and the ligaments and tissues connecting them also experience tears. These can lead to injuries and sprains that cause pain.

Immediate treatment can prevent your ankle or foot pain from progressing to a far worse debilitating condition. You must seek medical attention if you experience foot or ankle pain. At Source Healthcare, our doctors have extensive experience helping athletes and physically active individuals get the timely medical assistance they need to alleviate them of ankle/foot pain.

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Conditions That Have Ankle or Foot Pain As a Symptom

Many medical conditions can cause pain in the ankles or feet, as a symptom. Some of the common conditions include:

Arthritis
Arthritis is a progressive and debilitating condition where the joints in your ankles or feet get very stiff, swell up, and become prone to injuries. Over a few years, you may lose mobility and experience intense, continuous pain.

Nerve damage
Your nerves are extremely sensitive. Any injury or stress can compress them and cause significant pain. Tarsal tunnel syndrome and sciatica are examples of nerve damage induced ankle/foot pain.

Additionally, if you are diabetic, your condition could cause diabetic neuropathy, where the nerves in your feet can get damaged, causing intense pain.

Vascular conditions
Blocked arteries and veins can cause pain and swelling in the ankles and feet. Specifically, conditions like peripheral arterial disease and deep vein thrombosis can cause cramping in the entire leg, including the ankles and feet.

Dermatological conditions
Extensive friction, sweaty conditions inside footwear, and microbial infections can lead to the formation of fungal growth, warts, calluses, and corns. Together, these can cause immense pain in your feet when you try to walk.

Plantar fasciitis
This is a condition that occurs when you damage the plantar fascia ligament in your heel. Anytime you move your heel, you will experience pain across your foot.

Microbial infections
Infections like toenail fungus, pitted keratolysis, and athlete’s foot can cause pain that radiates from the site of the infection, all the way through the rest of the feet.

Structural problems
Sometimes, a problem in the structure and shape of your feet can cause ankle/foot pain. If you have too high arches or fallen arches, then the bones and ligaments in your feet and ankles will need to work harder to support your weight. This stress can cause pain.

Walking/running form
Finally, a bad walking/running form can damage the joints and tissues in the ankle and foot, leading to persistent pain. If you change your form, you can automatically reduce pain.

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Our experts will be able to evaluate your walking/running form and advise you on the changes you need to implement. Feel free to visit our Santa Monica facility for immediate treatment.

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