Ankle Pain Specialist

AHP Foot and Wound Care Specialists

Podiatrists & Wound Care Specialists located in Indianapolis, IN

Is it broken, sprained, or just sore? It’s not always easy to determine why you have ankle pain, but the experts at AHP Foot & Wound Care Specialists in Indianapolis can help. Under the guidance of podiatrist Dr. Todd Mann, patients can resolve a variety of foot and ankle related problems. Schedule an appointment today, before your pain worsens.

Ankle Pain Q & A

AHP Foot and Wound Care Specialists

What causes ankle pain?

Ankle pain may happen for a variety of reasons, but it’s often due to a sprain or pressure resulting from consistent movement of the ankle joint. Other causes might include:

  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Nerve compression
  • Fracture
  • Tendonitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Swelling

Some people also develop instability in the structural alignment of their bones and ligaments, which can cause ankle pain.

Is my ankle broken or sprained?

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between a broken or fractured ankle and a sprained ankle. Dr. Mann can assess if you have a break in the bone and, if so, will refer you to a specialist who can repair the fracture. If you’re unsure if it’s a break or a sprain, it’s best to make an appointment with our office to be sure.

When should I see a doctor?

Ankle pain caused by excessive activity or sports may subside naturally, but it’s wise to see Dr. Mann if:

  • You have severe pain or swelling in the ankle or foot area
  • Your suspect your ankle might be infected
  • You have redness, inflammation, or an open wound
  • You can’t put weight on your foot or ankle without pain

How is ankle pain treated?

After assessing your ankle to understand the cause of your pain, Dr. Mann might suggest several different approaches for treatment. These may include:

  • Rest and elevation. Ankle pain may not subside unless you’re able to stay off your feet for a while.
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Medications like ibuprofen or cortisone injections can help reduce swelling and inflammation.
  • Physical therapy. This might be necessary to rehabilitate your ankle and strengthen the structural tissue around the foot.
  • Compression bandages or stockings. These help to reduce swelling and improve circulation in your ankle.
  • Ice. Dr. Mann may suggest a protocol that involves icing your ankle for intervals.

If there is an underlying medical condition that is causing your ankle pain, he may also recommend further testing or refer you to a specialist.

As one of the area’s top podiatrists and wound care experts, you can be sure you’re in good hands with Dr. Mann and his team of dedicated staff. Schedule an appointment today.