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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
October 04, 2017
Category: Foot Pain

Sometimes when the symptoms are vague and not constant or acute we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC find that patients are reluctant to come in to the office to have their feet examined. Unfortunately, that can lead to more serious foot problems that then require more invasive treatment and longer recovery times. One such condition is chronic ankle pain or discomfort. Below are 3 myths and why you shouldn’t believe them:

“It’s probably nothing.”

If you experience ongoing symptoms, it’s probably not nothing. Pain, stiffness, swelling, “wobbliness” and difficulty fully extending your ankle can indicate a number of serious ankle disorders including: osteochondritis, chronic lateral ankle pain, chronic ankle instability, arthritis, Lyme’s disease, nerve damage or an undiagnosed bone fracture. If you’ve had repeated ankle sprains in the past, there’s also a chance that scar tissue has formed which is now causing you ankle pain, or that your ankle did not fully heal from a previous sprain. All of these issues require medical diagnosis and treatment.

“There’s nothing that can be about it.”

Actually there’s quite a bit that can be done. Once our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard A. Talarico, examines your ankle, gets your medical history and takes an x-ray (or other imaging study), he will be able to determine the source of your ankle discomfort. If something is broken, the ankle will need to be immobilized to give the bone time to heal. Other chronic ankle conditions can benefit from physical therapy, which can retrain muscles and ligaments and also strengthen muscles that support the ankle. If weakness is an issue, the foot doctor may recommend that you wear an ankle brace to prevent future twisting. Finally, pain relief and decreasing the swelling of the ankle can be achieved with medication.

“It only happens after I walk, play tennis, ______________ (fill in the blank) so I don’t think it’s worth getting checked out.”

Any pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles is essential to get checked out. Delaying medical treatment can result in a worse situation. In some cases, chronic ankle injuries that are left untreated will eventually need surgical repair. Don’t take a chance. Contact our Pooler, GA office in West Chatham county today for an appointment by calling: (912) 330–8885.










 

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Podiatrist / Foot Surgeon - Pooler / Savannah • Leonard M. Talarico, DPM • 140 Traders Way • Pooler GA  31322 • 912-330-8885