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By Foot & Ankle Restoration
January 28, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: ankle pain  

With the hustle and bustle of a busy lifestyle, it's easy to put foot health on the back burner. We spend so much time on our feet, yet many of us don't visit a podiatrist unless something is wrong with our foot, leg, or ankle. When an injury occurs to the bones, ligaments, and tendons in these regions, it can generate pain that can cause harm if not properly diagnosed and treated. If you live in Jasper and Woodstock, GA, Foot & Ankle Reconstruction commits to providing clear and effective communication between the doctor and patient.

Causes of Ankle Pain

It's common to feel off-balance, and sometimes that's all it takes to sprain the ankle or accrue a bone fracture. Other, less severe, causes of ankle pain also include:

  • Gout - when uric acid builds up in the body, crystals can form in the joints, causing sharp pain
  • Nerve Damage - from swelling in the tarsal tunnel - the area in the foot where the nerve enters the back of the ankle
  • Joint Inflammation - wear and tear on the joints causes inflammation, which leads to discomfort
  • Achilles tendonitis - inflammation in the band of tissue that connects the muscles to the back of the lower leg to the heel

At-Home Care

Acute ankle pain may find alleviation from the following remedies:

  • Elevation - keeping them raised above heart level decreases swelling
  • Rest - avoid putting weight on the ankle as much as possible
  • Ice - Icing sessions for 20 minutes at a time (90 minutes in-between) numbs the pain
  • Compression - wrapping the ankle in a bandage increases blood flow

When to Seek Help for Your Ankle Pain

If you have foot or ankle disorders, have severe pain in these areas, or experience injury, it's beneficial to seek the help of a podiatrist to strengthen weak ankles, improve the quality of your foot health and help you return to daily activities. Patients should visit our Jasper and Woodstock, GA podiatrists if you notice redness, a change in foot temperature, numbness, symptoms of nerve damage. We can reach a proper diagnosis and create a treatment plan after performing a foot examination.

Leaving ankle pain untreated causes instability that can increase your risk of injury. Visiting your local podiatrist can help improve range of motion and build strength in the leg muscles and tendons. For more information about ankle pain, conditions we treat, and services provided, visit our website. To schedule an appointment, Foot & Ankle Reconstruction has two convenient locations. For our Woodstock, GA, office, please call (770) 999-0703. For our Jasper, GA, office, please call (770) 999-0804.

By Foot & Ankle Reconstruction
October 05, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ankle pain   Ankle Injury  

What your foot doctors in Woodstock and Jasper, Georgia want you to know

Ankle InjuryIf you sprain your ankle, it can heavily impact your ability to stand or walk around. It can also be very painful! The good news is there are some things you can do to lessen the impact of a sprained ankle. Dr. Bret Hintze at Foot & Ankle Reconstruction of North Georgia wants to share what to do in case you sprain your ankle. He has two convenient office locations in Woodstock, and Jasper, Georgia to help your feet.

It’s easier than you think to sprain your ankle. You can experience an ankle sprain from hiking, jogging, walking on uneven ground, or even stepping off of a curb onto the street. You may be at higher risk of a sprained ankle as you get older because of balance problems, lack of flexibility and other issues.

So, how do you know if you have sprained your ankle? You may hear a popping sound when you injure your ankle and see signs of swelling and bruising. You will also feel pain when you try to put weight on your foot. You may feel tightness and difficulty moving your ankle, leading to restricted movement.

You can try some simple therapies at home to reduce swelling and pain. Remember to:

  • Elevate your ankle and keep weight off of it
  • Place ice packs around your ankle several times each day
  • Use compression bandages to wrap and support your ankle

Your foot doctor at Foot & Ankle Reconstruction of North Georgia can help heal severe ankle sprains and get you back on your feet. He may recommend:

  • Taking the weight off of your feet by using crutches when you walk
  • Wearing a splint, walking boot, or cast to provide support while you heal
  • Stretching and physical therapy exercises to increase flexibility and strength

In severe cases involving torn ligaments or tendons, surgery may be indicated. Your foot doctor will discuss this option when necessary. For more information about treating ankle sprains, and other podiatry questions, call Dr. Bret Hintze at Foot & Ankle Reconstruction of North Georgia, with offices in Woodstock, and Jasper, Georgia. Call today!

By Foot & Ankle Reconstruction
April 20, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ankle pain  

You have a continuous ache on the side of your left ankle. It worsens when you stand, walk or remain on your feet for extended periods of ankle paintime. This ankle pain impacts your daily routines, and you need help. Dr. Brett Hintze of Foot and Ankle Reconstruction of North Georgia in Woodstock, GA diagnoses and treats all kinds of ankle pain. Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, he'll uncover the source of your discomfort and treat it precisely and compassionately.

Ankle pain and you

Maybe it started with that ankle sprain last summer when you played tennis. You followed the directions given by the ER doctor, but the ankle hasn't healed. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons says that the twisting motion that overstretched your ankle ligaments is the most common cause of acute (sudden) or chronic (continuous) ankle discomfort.

Left untreated, ankle immobility increases. Osteochondritis is an inflammation and swelling resulting from a separation of ankle cartilage from the bones in the lower leg and foot. The stiffness which accompanies your ankle pain could be osteochondritis.

Other causes of ankle pain

Your sore, stiff ankle could be suffering from age- or injury-related arthritis. Achilles tendonitis, affecting the connective tissue between the calf muscle and the heel, affects thousands of Americans annually as does tarsal tunnel syndrome, a compression injury of the nerve which runs along the back of the leg. Addtionally, poor alignment of the hips, knees, and ankle joints lead to persistent soreness in the ankle.

What you can do

See Dr. Hintze and his team. He will examine your foot and ankle, analyze your gait (how you walk) and take digital X-rays and other kinds of imaging as he determines. He'll also discuss your symptoms--when they start, your pain level, what aggravates them and what may relieve them.

Your individualized care plan depends on his diagnostic findings and may include:

  • RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation)
  • NSAIDS for management of pain and inflammation
  • Cortisone injections for inflammation
  • Bracing
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery

While always a last resort, sometimes ankle surgery is warranted. Dr. Hintze is fully qualified to perform many kinds of foot and ankle surgeries in the least invasive and most technically advanced manner possible.

Learn more

If you're suffering from ankle pain, please contact Foot and Ankle Reconstruction of North Georgia in Woodstock, GA. Your highly skilled podiatrist and his team will help you feel better and restore normal function to that painful ankle.