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ANKLE PAIN

Ankle pain involves any discomfort in one or both ankles.

Ankle pain is often due to an ankle sprain. A sprain is an injury to the ligaments which connect bones to one another. In most cases of ankle sprain, the ankle is twisted inward, causing small tears in the ligaments. This makes the ankle unstable. The tearing leads to swelling and bruising, making it difficult to bear weight on the joint.

Once an ankle is sprained, the injury may take a few weeks to many months to fully heal. Often, the injured ankle remains a little weaker and less stable than the uninjured one. A proper recovery program can prevent this problem.

Other structures in the ankle that can be damaged and cause pain are tendons (which join muscles to bone), cartilage (which cushions joints), and blood vessels.

In addition to ankle sprains and other injuries, ankle pain can be caused by arthritis (osteo and rhuematoid), gout, pseudogout and infection. Gout occurs when you produce too much uric acid (a waste product in the body). The extra uric acid gets deposited and forms crystals in joints, rather than being excreted in the urine. Pseudogout is similar to gout. In this condition, calcium deposits in one or more of your joints, causing pain, redness, and swelling.

Our team of podiatrists will help ease ankle pain by controlling arthritis, gout and any infections, and they will develop a proper recovery program for you.

KNEE PAIN

Knee pain may be the result of poor foot mechanics. It can be present in people of any age but is more common in young adults who have recently increased their sports activities at school or in adults who have recently joined a gym or increased their amount of exercise in order to get fit.

The condition may be caused by abnormal foot pronation. Pronation is an internal rotation of the leg and may cause a sideways movement of the knee cap. This causes a grating affect on the under-side of the knee cap and over a period of time leads to pain and disability. Increased activity will aggravate the pain and a reduction of activity will improve the pain. Weakness of the inner part of the quadraceps muscle in the thigh may contribute to the problem.

Our team of podiatrists will help ease knee pain by controlling pronation with orthoses (inserts) and balancing muscle strength with appropriate exercises.

Contact us for more information on ankle or knee pain or to make an appointment.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

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