Dr. Kevin D. Smith, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

"When your feet hurt, you hurt all over"

Although your feet are the part of your body most prone to pain and injury, they are often neglected and ignored. Foot pain is not normal! You deserve to walk pain-free and Dr. Smith can help.

Gentle, Effective Diagnosis and Treatment

Common Ankle Problems

Ankle pain is as common as the line at the DMV. There are a few lucky people who are spared, but most of us know the pain an ankle injury can and will cause.

The most common source of pain in your ankle is a strained ankle. It frequently happens while playing sports, but it can also happen when you fall on your way to the store. The RICE method is frequently recommended for immediate treatment:


Rest: rest as much as you can, and, if possible, try not to walk at all

Ice: use a bag of ice to reduce swelling and numb the pain

Compression: use elastic bandages for wrapping your ankle, but don’t wrap it too tightly

Elevation: keep your ankle raised above heart level


Approximately 15% of ankle pain can be caused by other culprits like:

– Arthritis

– Gout

– Nerve damage or injury

– Blocked blood vessels

– Infection


If you suspect your ankle pain is caused by one of these factors make an appointment with your doctor right away. RICE might be able to reduce the pain in the short term, but cannot heal the ankle. In rare cases managing the symptoms in the long run becomes key and requires a professional treatment plan.

Please don’t hesitate to give us a call if you suspect your ankle pain is not caused by a strain.

Find more information at http://www.healthline.com/symptom/ankle-pain

Smith - 7-15-16

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