Ankle pain and foot pain can be triggered by such a wide variety of causes that you need to find foot pain doctors in NYC to determine what’s wrong. Whether you have foot or ankle pain caused by an injury or disease, effective treatment depends on getting an accurate diagnosis. The best NYC ankle injury doctors in Pain Management use the most advanced diagnostic equipment to find right ankle and foot pain treatments to deliver relief quickly.

Because there are so many small bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles in your ankles, they’re susceptible to injury. And your feet undergo heavy wear-and-tear every day. So when ankle or foot pain strikes, it can leave you immobilized.

Foot and Ankle Pain Treatment in NYC
Foot and Ankle Pain Treatment in NYC

Your discomfort may be due to injuries to ligaments, tendons, or bones, or you may be hobbled by inflammation of the tendons or joints. Degenerative conditions like arthritis or medical conditions such as diabetes can also lead to pain and discomfort in your ankles or feet.

The experienced pain management doctors team at the NYC injury clinic gets to the source of your discomfort and offers effective treatment to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible.

What Causes Ankle Pain?

You can experience discomfort in one or both ankles, depending on the cause. Some of the most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Ankle injuries. You can injure your ankle by turning it inward or outward. An ankle sprain is caused by overstretched or torn ligaments, which results in swelling, discoloration, and pain. Ankle fractures occur from trauma when you break one or more of the bones of your ankle joint.
  • Infection in the ankle joint. A fungal or bacterial infection can lead to septic arthritis. Infection can be caused by microorganisms spreading through your blood to your joint or by direct infection during surgery or after an injury.
  • Arthritis. Inflammation of your joints, including your ankle, can cause pain and stiffness, making it difficult to walk or perform normal day-to-day activities. Forms of arthritis that may affect the ankle include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout.

When you have problems in areas near your ankle, it can trigger pain in your ankle. This may include heel injuries, blood vessel blockages in your leg, or nerve injuries. With the experience of our ankle pain specialist in NYC, you can quickly pinpoint the cause of the problem.

Foot ache is highly prevalent in adults aged 45 years and over. 24% of middle-aged patients experience frequent pain in the feet, and 15% complain of persistent pain in the ankles.

What Causes Foot Pain?

Pain in the feet is often caused by inflammation of your foot’s tendons, ligaments, or joints. Injury and overuse can also cause pain on the top of or in other parts of your foot. The most common foot pain causes include:

  • Achilles tendon pain. Overuse or tears of the tendon that connects the back of your calf to your heel bone can cause Achilles tendonitis or a ruptured Achilles tendon.
  • Diabetic foot pain. If you have diabetes, you may experience nerve damage in your feet and legs. This can feel like tingling, burning, or even bone or joint pain.
  • Plantar fasciitis. When you have plantar fasciitis, the connective tissue between your heel and toes inflates, causing intense heel pain.
  • Peroneal tendonitis. The tendons on the outer side of your calf, which connect to your foot, become inflamed, causing pain, tenderness, or swelling behind your ankle.
  • Chronic regional pain syndrome. This is a rare, chronic, and sometimes progressive condition that can affect your feet after an injury. Symptoms include continuous throbbing or burning pain and skin texture, color, and temperature changes.

If you suffer from persistent swelling, tenderness, or pain in one or both feet, visit one of the best pain management doctors to prevent serious consequences. In case of an accident or ankle injury, emergency appointments are available at Pain Management NYC.

How to Relieve Ankle and Foot Pain at Home?

Even seemingly minor ankle and foot injuries can cause a lot of discomforts and affect your daily activities. Foot pain treatment at home can entail the RICE method:

  • Rest – As soon as you’re hurt, you should take a break from activities and get as much rest as possible. You should try and keep weight off the ankle for at least two days.
  • Ice – Apply an ice pack for 15 to 20 minutes every few hours for the first 48 hours following your injury.
  • Compression – Wrap the affected area with a compression bandage to prevent swelling. Make sure it’s snug but not so tight that it interrupts blood flow. The skin underneath should never feel tingly, numb, or turn blue.
  • Elevation – You need to raise the sore body part above the level of your heart. This helps reduce swelling, pain, and throbbing sensation. You should try to keep the injured area raised as often as possible.

You can also combine the above method with over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers like ibuprofen or naproxen.

When Should I Visit the Doctor’s Office?

If the RICE method mentioned above doesn’t relieve your ankle and foot pain and your symptoms don’t improve, you should visit our specialists. Seek medical attention right away if:

  • You experience severe pain and swelling
  • You have an open wound or severe deformity
  • It’s too painful to put your body weight on the foot or ankle
  • There are indications of infection like high fever, warmth at the injury site, and tenderness

Visit our pain specialist if the affected area is still swollen after 3 – 5 days and if your symptoms persist longer than a week.

Foot and Ankle Pain Treatments

If your foot or ankle pain is due to injury or overuse, you should start with rest, ice, and elevation. If that doesn’t help, you will need to be evaluated before resorting to other home remedies. For more effective results, our doctors may recommend the following:

  • Braces or compression bandages. Wearing a brace or supportive bandages may improve stability and mobility.
  • Wearing custom-made shoes or shoe inserts reduces pressure on your foot by changing the position of your ankle joint.
  • Cortisone injections. Foot injections or ankle injections relieve pain and inflammation, giving you pain-free time to follow other rehabilitation procedures, such as physical therapy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Sciatica Cause Ankle and Foot Pain?

Yes, it can. Sciatica is a type of pain that occurs due to sciatic nerve compression. It’s usually caused by a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine, or narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis). Sciatica is accompanied by inflammation, numbness, and pain in the affected leg and foot.

How Much Does Foot and Ankle Treatment Cost?

The treatment cost is determined by the complexity of your condition, the clinic’s location, and additional services. The diagnosis and treatment plan can range from $1,500 and $2,500 without insurance. The cost of steroid injections might range from $98 to $110, depending on the manufacturer. The optional medications, such as pain relievers or antibiotics, also affect the price.

Does Insurance Cover Ankle and Foot Pain Treatment?

Most health insurance providers usually cover podiatrists’ services. However, some clinics accept only a specific type of health coverage. Before starting treatment, it’s best to consult with your insurance company about reimbursement.

What Does Physical Therapy for Ankle Pain Entail?

Ankle ROM can be significantly improved by performing ankle pain exercises regularly. Our physicians may recommend 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercises, depending on your condition. You should do aerobics five days a week and reserve two days for muscle strengthening and flexibility exercises. Physical therapy also includes stretching and strengthening exercises, such as:

  • Isometric exercises
  • Eversion
  • Plantarflexion
  • Inversion
  • Dorsiflexion
  • Dynamic resistive exercises

You may need ankle weights, resistance bands, or surgical tubing for some of these exercises.

What Type of Shoes Cause Foot Pain?

Before starting foot pain NYC treatment, our doctor may inquire about your footwear choice. Wearing small or tight-fitting shoes often causes pain in the foot’s arch. Footwear without the support and proper structure is also harmful and considered the most common reason for the ball of foot pain.

Avoid high heels, sandals, and slippers due to their instability and possible hazards when walking. To reduce pain in the foot’s heel, you may use custom-made shoes or shoe insoles. Our specialist can recommend an appropriate length, width, and design features of the shoe, which will benefit your foot.

Don’t ignore symptoms of swelling, pain, infection, or reduced mobility in your ankles or feet. Don’t risk infection or more severe injury. The top-rated NYC foot and ankle pain doctor at Pain Management NYC evaluates your symptoms and determines the best ankle, foot, or heel pain treatment for you. Contact us today.

Page Updated on Jun 27, 2022 by Dr. Boleslav Kosharskyy, MD (Pain Management Doctor)
Boleslav Kosharskyy, MD | Interventional Pain Management Doctor in New York City

Boleslav Kosharskyy, MD, is a top-rated, best-in-class interventional pain management doctor. He is board-certified in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine, and Palliative Care.

Dr. Kosharskyy is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine at Albert Einstein Medical College. He’s also the Associate Medical Director of Pain Medicine and Director of Anesthesia for the Joint Replacement Center at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein Medical College.

He is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA), the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA), and the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists (NYSSA)

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