Is Your Family Doctor Failing To Diagnose Your Chronic Lower Ankle Pain? Get To A Podiatrist Right Away

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If you've been dealing with a constant pain in the lower part of your ankle and the treatments your family physician offers aren't working, it's time to make an appointment with a podiatrist. A podiatrist is a foot specialist that can get to the bottom of the problem fast.

If the pain is worse at the end of the day or after you get done exercising and gets so intense you can't put weight on it, the diagnosis may be that you have stress fractures. Here are a few things to do before you get to the podiatrist.

Have an X-Ray Done

Talk with your family physician and let them know you are seeing a podiatrist so they can send over any x-rays or imaging scans you've had taken. If you haven't had any completed, see if they can order one so you have it ready to be read by the podiatrist when you have your appointment. This will save time at your appointment with the podiatrist. If the x-ray doesn't show what they need to see, you may have to get an MRI.

Practice RICE Daily

The acronym RICE is a great treatment options for all types of injuries, and it stands for rest, ice, compress, and elevate. It's easier for the podiatrist to feel around in the foot and find out what your mobility is if the area isn't terribly swollen. Practicing this treatment is especially important at the end of the day when your ankle feels the worst.

Wear Comfortable and Supportive Shoes

If shoes are too stiff or don't absorb shock properly, this could be causing the stress fractures or making them worse. If the shoes are too tight, or too high, this could also worsen the problem. Until you can find out what the exact problem is, avoid shoes that put strain on the ankle and foot, and find out if you need to wear some type of orthotic shoes for treatment.

The podiatrist will see if there are stress fractures in the foot that need to heal, if there is ligament damage that is causing the pain, or if you have other concerns like bone spurs or arthritis. Taking care of your feet is important if you want to keep a healthy and active lifestyle, and a podiatrist will know best when you have foot pain and problems that can't be explained by your family doctor. 

For a podiatrist, click on this link or do an online search. 


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