Midwest Foot & Ankle Associates
Biren Shah, DPM
Foot and Ankle Surgeon & Podiatrist located in Rockford, IL
We depend so much on our ankles to walk that ankle pain can thwart many of our daily activities. If ankle pain is interfering with your well-being, it’s time to see a podiatrist at Midwest Foot and Ankle Associates. As a foot and ankle surgeon, Biren Shah, DPM, specializes in diagnosing and treating ankle pain. If you’re looking for a podiatrist in Rockford, Illinois, get in touch with Dr. Shah by calling or using the online scheduling assistant.
Ankle Pain Q & A
What causes ankle pain?
The ankles contain a unique network of bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments that bear the brunt of your weight. Ankle pain is usually caused by either an underlying health condition or an injury.
Some of the top contributing causes of ankle pain include:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tendon tear or rupture
- Sprain or strain
Many ankle injuries require only self-care measures to fully recover. However, you should seek help from Dr. Shah if you experience any abnormal pain.
When should I see a podiatrist about ankle pain?
A foot and ankle specialist is the best person to handle ankle pain. You should see Dr. Shah in any of the following circumstances:
- You experience considerable pain or the pain worsens
- Your ankle pain lasts longer than a few days
- The pain in your ankle interferes with your ability to walk and perform normal activities
- Your primary care provider suggests more specialized care from a podiatrist
If you’re involved in an accident, you can’t place any weight on your foot, or your foot appears deformed and swollen, you should seek immediate medical attention.
How do podiatrists diagnose the cause of ankle pain?
Every appointment with Dr. Shah involves a review of your medical history, medications, and vital signs. Then, Dr. Shah asks detailed questions about the extent and cause of your pain.
Dr. Shah orders imaging tests if he needs to get a closer look inside your ankle. He uses X-rays to examine your bones and ultrasound and MRI to look closer at soft tissue. Once he’s gathered the information he needs, Dr. Shah makes a diagnosis.
How is ankle pain treated?
Treatment for ankle pain depends on the underlying cause. Dr. Shah personalizes your treatment plan according to your diagnosis, preferences, pain level, and situation.
Dr. Shah offers a variety of treatment approaches for each ankle condition, which may include:
- RICE: rest, ice, compression, and elevation
- Physical therapy
- Custom orthotics
- Shoe inserts
- Bracing, splinting, and taping
- Cortisone injections
- Laser therapy
Dr. Shah specializes in ankle surgery, so you’re in good hands if your ankle ends up requiring surgical repair.
If your ankles bother you and cause difficulty walking, contact Midwest Foot and Ankle Associates for an appointment online or over the phone.