Ankle Pain Specialist

American Foot & Ankle Specialists

Kriti Puthenpurakal, DPM

Board Certified Podiatrist Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Naperville, IL & Downer's Grove, IL

Ankle pain affects up to 15% of Americans. It can come on suddenly, hit you off and on, or be ongoing. Whatever type of ankle pain you’re suffering from, seeking treatment from a professional can help manage the symptoms and get you on the road to recovery. Kriti Puthenpurakal, DPM, is an experienced podiatrist at American Foot & Ankle Specialists in Naperville, Illinois. She can help with any injury or disease affecting your ankles. Don’t put up with ankle pain. Call the practice today or make an appointment online.

Ankle Pain Q&A

What makes your ankle prone to injury?

Your ankle is the joint where your leg meets your foot. It's one of the most-used joints in your body, controlling the up-and-down movement needed for activities like running, walking, cycling, and jumping. It also has to carry your body weight. Its constant use and weight-bearing responsibilities mean it's prone to injury.

If you injure your ankle, in addition to pain, you can also experience symptoms like:

  • Inability to bear weight
  • Instability
  • Numbness
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Tingling
  • Weakness

Dr. Puthenpurakal has years of experience in treating ankle pain and injury. If you have concerns, make an appointment at the practice today.

What conditions cause ankle pain?

A common cause of ankle pain is a sprain or break — an injury that happens when you twist or turn your ankle joint. Many health conditions also cause ankle pain because they damage or inflame the network of ligaments, tendons, muscle, cartilage, and bones that make up the joint. These medical conditions include:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Arthritis and osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • Infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Sciatica

If you suffer from any of these ongoing conditions, be aware of any pain in your ankle. If you do notice any changes, call Dr. Puthenpurakal.

How is ankle pain treated?

In some instances of ankle pain, you should make an appointment to see Dr. Puthenpurakal right away. These include signs of infection, like fever higher than 100 degrees and redness and warmth in the injured area.

Other indicators you might need immediate medical care include an inability to put weight on your foot, a severe joint deformity, and pain and swelling.

Podiatric treatment can include an ankle brace, orthopedic shoe or insert, and corticosteroid injections — or a combination of the three.

If your pain is manageable, you can attempt to treat the injury at home. Begin with the RICE method: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Rest up, apply an ice pack 3-4 times per day, wear a compression bandage, and raise your ankle above heart height. You can also take an over-the-counter pain reliever, like ibuprofen (Advil®) or naproxen sodium (Aleve®).

Ankle pain isn't normal. If it gets worse after 48 hours, make an appointment at American Foot & Ankle Specialists. You can book online or call the office.