Foot and ankle pain can stem from various conditions, including plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, and Achilles tendinopathy. These conditions can cause discomfort, swelling, limited mobility, and difficulty with weight-bearing activities.
Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of foot pain that primarily affects the heel. Plantar fasciitis involves inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. Symptoms include pain and stiffness in the heel, particularly in the morning or after prolonged periods of rest.
Ankle sprains occur when the ligaments that stabilize the ankle joint are stretched or torn. Ankle sprains are common injuries that can result from rolling, twisting, or turning the ankle in an unnatural way. Symptoms may include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking.
Achilles tendinopathy refers to conditions involving the inflammation, degeneration, or tearing of the Achilles tendon, the large tendon that connects the calf muscles to the back of the heel. This condition often occurs due to overuse, repetitive stress, or age-related changes. Achilles tendinopathy can cause pain and stiffness in the back of the ankle, along with swelling and difficulty with activities that involve pushing off the foot.
In addition to these specific conditions, other causes of foot and ankle pain may include stress fractures. Stress fractures occur when repeated stress on the bones causes small cracks. Arthritis can lead to joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation.
It is important to seek medical evaluation for foot and ankle pain to receive an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan. Dr. Jack and his team can perform a physical examination, order imaging tests if necessary, and provide recommendations based on the specific condition and its severity. Proper management and early intervention can help alleviate pain, restore function, and prevent further complications.