If you’re like most people, you've experienced ankle pain at some point in your life. As you read this, you can probably think back to a time when you rolled your ankle and lived with discomfort for a few days.
However, just because ankle pain is common doesn’t mean it can’t be a cause for concern. There are some cases when ankle pain should be addressed by a doctor.
That’s where we come in. At Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center, with offices in Laveen, Chandler, and Mesa, Arizona, our team of ankle pain specialists can assess what’s going on and help you get well.
In this blog, our providers explain when you should see us or another medical provider if you have ankle pain.
It doesn’t have an identifiable cause
When ankle pain comes from an acute injury — such as a minor sprain — you can likely wait it out at home for a few days. Use the RICE method — which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation — and see how the ankle feels.
If you’re not sure how the ankle pain started, though, talk with us. Your discomfort could stem from a number of issues. We can diagnose the root cause of the problem and design a treatment plan to bring you relief and help you get well.
You can’t put weight on it
If you can’t put any weight on the affected ankle, this could indicate that you have a serious injury or condition. At the very least, it requires medical attention.
It shows signs of an infection
If you have a deep cut, you should seek medical attention right away. However, it's a minor cut, clean it, bandage it, and keep an eye on it.
If the area gets red, tender, swollen, or hot to the touch, this could indicate you have an infection. If this happens — especially if it’s accompanied by fever — seek medical care right away.
The pain is persistent
If you know your ankle pain comes from a minor sprain, can bear a little weight, and doesn’t look infected, you can monitor it at home. In a few days, try putting weight on it again. If it doesn’t seem like it’s improving, visit us. We can give your ankle the care it needs to heal as quickly as possible.
No matter what your ankle issue is, we can help you get well. From stem cell therapy to arthroscopic surgery, our team offers many cutting edge treatments. We can give your ankle a thorough evaluation and design a treatment plan to help you get on your feet again.
If you think your ankle pain might be a cause for concern, don’t hesitate to book an appointment online or over the phone with Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center today.