Mercer-Bucks Orthopedics
Mercer-Bucks Orthopedics

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About Foot and Ankle Pain

Foot and ankle pain are two of the most common musculoskeletal problems. Even so, without treatment, you might experience potentially serious complications, like an infection or mobility issues. At Mercer-Bucks Orthopaedics, the board-certified podiatrists provide surgical and non-surgical treatment for conditions that affect the foot and ankle. To make an appointment in Hamilton, Lawrenceville, Princeton, and Marlton, New Jersey, or Langhorne, Pennsylvania, call the nearest office or book online today.

Foot and Ankle Pain Q & A

Should I be worried about foot and ankle pain?

Everyone experiences foot and ankle pain at one time or another. Usually, the symptoms are mild and respond to at-home treatments like ice, rest, and elevation. If your pain lasts for more than a week, or it occurs alongside other symptoms, like bruising, swelling, or difficulty walking, contact the specialists at Mercer-Bucks Orthopaedics (MBO).

What are some common causes of foot and ankle pain?

Foot and ankle pain occurs for various reasons, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Neuromas
  • Hammertoes
  • Bunions
  • Flat feet
  • High arches
  • Ankle instability
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Fractures
  • Infection
  • Dislocated joints

You might also experience foot and ankle pain due to a work- or sports-related injury.

How are foot and ankle pain diagnosed?

During a comprehensive exam, the specialist at Mercer-Bucks Orthopaedics (MBO) diagnose foot and ankle pain. Your provider asks about your symptoms, conducts a series of tests to determine the location and severity of the pain, and may order additional testing such as blood work and diagnostic imaging. After collecting this information, your provider makes recommendations for treatment.

How are foot and ankle pain treated?

At MBO, the  specialists offer several types of treatment for foot and ankle pain. Often, they recommend noninvasive measures, like rest, ice, compression, and taking over-the-counter medication. You might also benefit from custom orthotics or wearing comfortable and supportive shoes.

Other treatments, such as physical therapy, may be recommended. In some cases, surgery might be necessary. The specialists at MBO have years of experience performing traditional open surgery and minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery.

Can foot and ankle pain be prevented?

You can’t prevent foot and ankle pain outright, but there are things you can do to reduce your risk. The specialists at MBO recommend:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Exercising regularly to keep your muscles strong
  • Easing into new activities to reduce the risk of injury
  • Warming up before exercise

By following these steps, you can stay mobile and pain-free.

If you’re tired of living with foot and ankle pain, don’t wait to get treated. Make an appointment at Mercer-Bucks Orthopaedics by calling the nearest office or clicking the online booking feature today.