Madison Advanced Foot & Ankle
Foot & Ankle Surgery & Podiatry located in Madison, WI
As your ankles help you walk, play sports, and move throughout your day, they’re also susceptible to a wide range of problems that cause pain. Fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeons Colin Graney, DPM, and Mary Hickner accurately diagnoses and treats all types of ankle pain at Madison Advanced Foot & Ankle in Madison, Wisconsin. If you have ankle pain that’s severe or lasts longer than a few days, call or book an appointment online today.
Ankle Pain Q & A
What is ankle pain?
Your ankle joint is made of bones, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and cartilage. When one or more of these structures becomes damaged from an injury or disease, you may experience ankle pain.
Because your ankles play a critical role in walking, climbing stairs, and many other daily activities, they’re especially vulnerable to accidents and injuries. Sometimes, ankle pain occurs suddenly, like after a trip and fall. Other times, ankle pain develops slowly without an identifiable cause and worsens over time.
Ankle pain can feel like a sharp, stabbing sensation or a dull ache. No matter what type of ankle pain you have, it’s important to seek treatment. Ankle pain isn’t normal and may be a warning sign of an underlying injury or disease.
What causes ankle pain?
Sprained ankles are the most common cause of ankle pain. Sprains occur when you twist or roll your ankle unexpectedly and stretch the ligaments that support your ankle beyond their means.
In addition to ankle sprains, Dr. Graney treats a variety of conditions that cause ankle pain, including:
- Achilles tendinitis and tendon ruptures
- Peroneal tendon injuries
- Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout
- Broken bones and stress fractures
Sometimes, old injuries that don’t heal properly, like ankle sprains, may cause ankle pain and instability later on.
How is ankle pain diagnosed and treated?
First, Dr. Graney carefully examines your foot and ankle and asks you to describe your pain and symptoms. He may ask when your ankle pain started and if it gets better or worse with certain activities. He may also take an X-ray to check for broken bones or a hairline stress fracture.
After he diagnoses the cause of your ankle pain, Dr. Graney discusses the most effective treatment options for you. Depending on the type and severity of your condition, treatment for ankle pain may include:
- Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE protocol)
- Immobilization with a cast or splint
- Assistive devices like crutches
- Physical therapy, such as stretches and strengthening exercises
If your condition is severe or your ankle pain continues despite noninvasive treatments, surgery may be necessary. Dr. Graney is a highly trained foot and ankle surgeon who performs minimally invasive procedures whenever possible.
For expert care of ankle pain, call Madison Advanced Foot & Ankle or book an appointment online today.