There are a number of possible causes of ankle pain, and in many cases, the solution may be simpler than you think. Physical therapy, custom orthotics, topical gels, and ultrasound therapy are some of the many options that might help you. New York podiatrist James Tachibana, DPM, who practice at Nippon Medical Office in the East Midtown Manhattan and Hartsdale, New York, areas, recommend customized ankle treatment plans based on your symptoms and needs. If you need relief from ankle pain now, schedule an appointment or call the office for help.
There are several possible causes of ankle pain. Some of the most common reasons for ankle pain include ankle fractures and ankle sprains. If you're having ankle pain, the most important thing is to get a diagnosis as soon as possible.
First, Dr. Tachibana will discuss your symptoms with you while performing a gentle hands-on exam of the injured area. Your podiatrist finds the cause of your ankle pain via the use of appropriate clinical and diagnostic tests.
The treatment for ankle pain depends on the origin of your pain, your specific symptoms, and your treatment goals. Treatments commonly include:
An ankle brace gives your ankle the support it needs while healing. It can prevent you from walking in a way that could cause further ankle damage.
Corticosteroid injections provide considerable pain relief if you’re dealing with serious ankle pain. While their effects aren’t permanent, they’ll help you through the pain while you heal.
During physical therapy, you'll do specific exercises that strengthen the muscles in your lower leg. This gives you the best support possible as you heal from your ankle injury. Physical therapy may also include heat application, ice application, and other natural pain relief solutions.
Dr. Tachibana can teach you specific exercises to do at home each night. Just as with your physical therapy, the goal is to strengthen the support muscles in your lower leg.
The exercises may be similar to the ones you'll do in physical therapy, but they don't require any special equipment.
The anti-inflammatory gel is a powerful but easy-to-use pain relief solution. You apply the gel to the area where you're having pain, and it goes to work almost right away.
Ultrasounds are a great tool for reducing inflammation within the joint. Dr. Tachibana can do therapeutic ultrasound starting from your first visit.
At his Grand Central location, your podiatrist extracts PRP from a small sample of your blood. Then, they isolate the healing factors (PRP) in that blood to inject it around your injury to encourage healing.
Low-level laser therapy at the Grand Central location helps reduce swelling and inflammation. Laser therapy can help you regenerate the damaged ankle without surgery in many cases.
If you have degenerative changes in your ankle, Dr. Tachibana can consider arthroscopic surgery to repair the damage and alleviate your suffering.
Don’t ignore your ankle pain any longer. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Tachibana via the online tool or call the office today.