You’ve been experiencing ankle pain on and off for the last few years. It creeps its way into your life at the most inopportune times, like when you’re making an important business presentation in your ultra-professional black heels; jogging through the park in your well-worn tennis shoes miles from your car; or spending the day walking the mall and shopping with your best friend. You can’t think of a time when you’ve hurt your foot or ankle, so why are you experiencing ankle pain without injury to the lower extremities of your body?
The ankle joint is the meeting place for the bones of the legs and foot, and is responsible for the up and down motion of the foot. Ankle pain often results from injuries like a sprain or fracture, however you don’t have to sprain it while running or fracture it after stumbling in your high heels to still feel pain. It can also be caused by other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, osteoarthritis, Achilles tendonitis, and misaligned feet.
Associated symptoms of ankle pain include:
- Numbness or tingling
- Burning pain
- Inability to bear weight
While an autoimmune disease like rheumatoid arthritis or injury such as a torn Achilles tendon can both cause pain, ankle pain without injury to yourself can actually be caused by an underlying problem - misaligned feet.
Most people aren’t even aware they have misaligned feet.
When your ankle bone slips off of the heel bone it causes an excessive inward rotation of your foot, also known as over-pronation. This inward rotation influences foot problems such as bunions, hammertoes, fallen arches, heel pain, or plantar fasciitis; but it also can cause secondary problems throughout the body in the back, hips, knees and yes, the ankles. Misaligned feet may be the reason you are experiencing ankle pain without injury to another part of your foot.
You can learn whether or not you have misaligned feet by visiting a qualified podiatrist for an evaluation.
If you learn that misaligned feet are in fact causing your ankle pain, your podiatrist can recommend the best treatment options for you. Be sure to ask about the HyProCure® procedure. It’s a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that places a small titanium stent into the naturally occurring space between your ankle bone and heel bone. It has a very high success rate, causes minimal pain to the patient, and will have you walking in your normal shoes again in 3 to 5 days.
You don’t have to be surprised by ankle pain in your life any longer. If you’ve been experiencing ankle pain without injury to your leg or foot, find out if you have misaligned feet by contacting a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We are a HyProCure® Center of Excellence and we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.