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Ankle And Foot Pain

Ross Medical Group

Family Medicine, Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy in Miami, FL

Ankle and foot pain can develop from a number of causes, including a sprained ankle or plantar fasciitis. At Ross Medical Group in Miami, the sports medicine physician, David A. Ross, MD, and physical therapist, Monica Ross, DPT, CMPT, can determine the underlying cause of your ankle and foot pain and provide the most effective treatment. For an evaluation, call the office today or book an appointment online.

Ankle and Foot Pain Q & A

What are common causes of foot and ankle pain?

You can develop foot or ankle pain from a number of causes, ranging from an injury to overuse.

Common causes of foot pain include:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Fracture
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis

Common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Sprained ankle
  • Fracture
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Arthritis

When you’re in pain, it’s important to identify the underlying cause of your discomfort. Dr. Ross conducts comprehensive examinations to determine what’s causing your discomfort so he can ensure you get the most effective treatment. Plantar fasciitis and sprained ankles are two of the most common causes of foot and ankle pain treated at Ross Medical Group.

What is a sprained ankle?

A sprained ankle refers to an overstretching of one or more of the ligaments that support your ankle, leading to tears. You may sprain your ankle by taking a misstep or rolling your ankle.

The severity of your sprain depends on the degree of the ligament tear. Some tears are mild and others severe. With a severe tear, you may feel a pop-like sensation during your injury.

What treatments can help improve my sprained ankle?

You receive a personalized treatment plan from Ross Medical Group based on the severity of your sprain. Initially, you may need to rest and ice your ankle until the swelling goes down. Then, you may receive a referral for on-site physical therapy with Dr. Ross to create an exercise program that improves ankle flexibility and range of motion and strengthens the supporting muscles.

For a mild sprain, you may only need two weeks of physical therapy before you can return to your usual activities. But a severe sprain may take as long as six to 12 weeks to heal.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to inflammation of your plantar fascia, which is the tough fibrous tissue that attaches your heel to your toes. If you place too much stress on the plantar fascia, which may occur if you’re a runner or overweight, you may develop tiny tears in the tissue that leads to pain and inflammation. You may only experience the discomfort when you first wake up in the morning or when you get up after sitting for a long time.

What treatments can improve my plantar fasciitis?

Your personalized treatment plan for plantar fasciitis may include anti-inflammatory medication and a referral to the in-house physical therapist, Dr. Ross, who develops an exercise and stretching program to help heal the inflamed tissue and prevent a recurrence. She may also recommend orthotics or a night splint for additional support.

Foot and ankle pain can develop from a number of causes. For well-rounded expert care for your foot or ankle pain, including on-site physical therapy, call Ross Medical Group today or request an appointment online.