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Understanding your Ankle Pain

Find out what could be causing your ankle pain and how to best handle it.

Is your ankle hurting? Are you unsure what is going on? Well, you’ve come to the right place. After all, there are many problems that could be causing your ankle pain and it’s important that you get to the bottom of the problem so that you know exactly what you should do to make sure it heals properly. Learn more about ankle pain and when it’s time to visit our Woodstock and Jasper, GA, podiatrists Dr. Bret Hintze and Dr. Andrea Cass for care. 

Here’s are some common reasons for ankle pain and how to treat them,

Sprained Ankle 

If you sprained your ankle, this can overstretch or even tear the ligaments that are attached to the ankle bones. Along with pain you may also notice bruising or swelling around the ankle. In more severe cases, the individual may not be able to put weight on the foot without it causing pain. If you aren’t able to put weight on the ankle, or if pain or swelling is severe, you should turn to our Woodstock and Jasper, GA, podiatrists right away for immediate care.

How to treat it 

Sprains are often considered a minor injury and, as a result, usually don’t require more than simple at-home care. The best way to treat a sprained ankle is with the RICE method: rest, ice, compression and elevation. These treatment options will also reduce pain and inflammation: however, resting your foot is crucial if you want the foot to heal quickly. Minor sprains often go away within a few days.

Ankle Fracture

There are three bones within the ankle, and if one or more break you will immediately notice pain, swelling and bruising around the ankle. You may even have heard an audible pop or snap the moment the fracture occurred. The ankle may be tender or it may be difficult to walk on the foot. 

How to treat it 

Rest is key to making sure your ankle makes a full and swift recovery. Just like with a sprain, it’s important to follow the RICE method. Our foot and ankle team may give you prescription pain relievers to help manage pain. You may also have to wear a splint or cast to protect the ankle until it heals. Only in rare cases is surgery necessary.


If you are dealing with persistent pain in both ankles, along with stiffness or swelling in the feet then you may be dealing with rheumatoid arthritis, an immune disorder that affects the joints. If you suspect that you might have arthritis it’s important to visit our foot doctor right away for an evaluation. 

How to treat it 

Even though there is no cure for arthritis, our foot and ankle specialists can provide several treatment options that can reduce the severity of your symptoms. Medications along with prescription orthotics, special exercises, physical therapy and certain lifestyle modifications can help you manage arthritis and slow its progression.  

Foot & Ankle Reconstruction of North Georgia is your premier podiatry practice in the Woodstock and Jasper, GA, communities. If you are dealing with ankle pain, our podiatrists Dr. Hintze and Dr. Cass are here to help you get the answers and care you deserve. Call us today at (770) 999-0703 or (770) 999-0804.

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