One of the most common ankle injuries treated by an ankle pain doctor in NYC is Achilles tendonitis, or inflammation affecting the Achilles tendon located above the heel at the back of the foot. Your Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in your body, vital to foot and ankle functioning. It is also primarily responsible for your ability to walk normally so that pressure on the feet and ankles remains evenly distributed.
A simple case of Achilles tendonitis usually responds to rest and ice applications. However, Achilles tendonitis symptoms such as pain, swelling, restricted foot flexion and tightened calf muscles that do not diminish after a few days should be evaluated by an ankle pain doctor in Staten Island. Neglecting an inflamed Achilles tendon could lead to the development of peritenonitis and a possible ruptured tendon.
Repeated ankle injuries may weaken tendon linings and produce ganglion cysts, a small sac underneath the skin that fills with a gel-like fluid originating from the joint capsule or tendon sheath. Ganglion cysts are benign masses developing mostly on the top of the foot and may tingle or burn if touched. They vary in size and may enlarge, reduce in size, enlarge again and then just disappear, only to return in the future. If you are diagnosed with ganglion cysts, your foot pain doctor in NYC will probably ask you if the affected foot has suffered a single traumatic event or repeat micro-traumas to the foot.
For problematic ganglion cysts, treatment involves aspiration and injection (draining fluid before injecting a steroid drug into the cyst) or surgical removal. Recommended treatment for ganglion cysts depends on the results of a thorough evaluation by a foot pain doctor in Jersey City.
Degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis) develops primarily due to age, wear and tear on joints or repetitive injuries. As joint cartilage deteriorates and bones begin scraping against each other, inflammation, pain, swelling and possible joint deformity inevitably occurs.
Although each foot contains over 30 different joints and nearly 30 bones, osteoarthritis commonly affects only certain joints — the joint of the foot bone and big toe, the joint where your shinbone and ankle meet and the three foot joints involving the outer and inner mid-foot bones and the heel bone. Symptoms of ankle/foot osteoarthritis that should be investigated by a foot and ankle pain doctor in Staten Island include noticeable swelling that persists for three days, chronic joint stiffness and reduced ability to bear weight or walk without pain.
During the examination, your ankle and foot pain doctor in NYC will visually and physically assess your foot and ankle. Diagnostic tests may be ordered, such as x-rays and MRIs, so that your doctor can get a better look at joint cartilage and other internal structure abnormalities. A joint aspiration procedure may also be indicated if your doctor wants to rule out osteoarthritis or other arthritic conditions. Joint aspirations involve the insertion of a needle into a joint, withdrawing fluid from the joint and examining the fluid for signs of joint deterioration (crystals, bone fragments).
If you are suffering chronic foot and ankle pain, call and make an appointment today at Regional Orthopedic with an ankle/foot pain doctor in Staten Island.