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Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgery in Silver Spring, MD

Ankle Pain services offered in Silver Spring, MD

If you experience ankle pain and it interferes with your ability to work or exercise, it’s important to identify the underlying cause. Without treatment, your symptoms might worsen, affecting your mobility and quality of life. At Chevy Chase Foot & Ankle, double board-certified podiatrist and reconstructive surgeon Navid Sadoughi, DPM, D. ABFAS, FACFAS, provides complete care for ankle pain, including noninvasive laser therapy. To make an appointment, call the office in Silver Spring, Maryland, or book online today.

Ankle Pain Q & A

What is ankle pain?

Ankle pain is discomfort, swelling, or stiffness that affects your ankle joint or surrounding tissues. Ankle pain typically isn’t something to worry about. Often, it occurs as a result of wear-and-tear and responds to at-home treatments, like ice, rest, and elevation.

If your symptoms persist, worsen, or keep you from regular activities, make an appointment with Dr. Sadoughi at Chevy Chase Foot & Ankle right away.

What causes ankle pain?

At Chevy Chase Foot & Ankle, Dr. Sadoughi treats ankle pain caused by various conditions, including:

  • Bursitis
  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Flat foot
  • Gout

You might also benefit from treatment if you dislocate your ankle or develop an infection.

Should I see a podiatrist about ankle pain?

Make an appointment at Chevy Chase Foot & Ankle if you develop ankle pain and it doesn’t improve in two or three days with at-home treatments. That’s especially true if your ankle is red, warm to the touch, or difficult to put weight on.

How is ankle pain diagnosed?

To diagnose ankle pain, Dr. Sadoughi reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including when the pain started, if it extends to other parts of your body, and if certain activities, like work, make it worse.

Next, he examines your foot and ankle. Dr. Sadoughi identifies areas of swelling or sensitivity and tests your joint’s strength and range of motion. He also orders diagnostic imaging, like X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI, to rule out fractures, sprains, and strains.

After pinpointing the source of your ankle pain, Dr. Sadoughi makes recommendations for treatment.

How is ankle pain treated?

Treatment of ankle pain depends on several factors, including your age, the severity of your symptoms, and the underlying cause. Dr. Sadoughi typically recommends conservative treatments like:

  • Laser therapy
  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation
  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Joint aspiration
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Corticosteroid injections

If your symptoms persist or worsen, Dr. Sadoughi might recommend surgery. There are several types of surgery designed to relieve ankle pain, including tendon repair surgery and total ankle replacement surgery.

To explore the various treatment options for ankle pain, make an appointment at Chevy Chase Foot & Ankle by calling the office or booking online today.