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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
December 05, 2018
Category: Ankle pain

Ankle pain can cause major disruption to your day-to-day activities. Arthritis, injury to the Achilles tendon, and several other conditions may cause chronic ankle pain. The first step, however, is to initiate the RICE protocol (Rice, Ice, Compression, and Elevation). If the pain persists for a day or two, you may require the assistance of your foot care specialist for proper care.

Here are several factors and conditions that may trigger ankle pain:

  • Sprained ankle—The rolling and twisting of your ankle in an unnatural way can trigger an ankle sprain to occur. This can stretch and tear the tissues (ligaments) that hold your ankle bones together. Proper diagnosis and prompt treatment can help prevent future ankle problems while ensuring the best possible recovery.
  • Achilles tendon tear—Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body that connects the heel bone to the calf muscle. It allows you to walk, run, and jump comfortably. However, repetitive stress can partially or completely tear this tendon causing severe pain and discomfort in the ankle.
  • Arthritic conditions—Arthritis and related conditions affect the joints of the feet and ankles causing severe pain, swelling and stiffness. Exercise or physical therapy can help ease the pain and swelling.

If you suspect that your ankle is not healing properly, seek advice or treatment from a foot doctor.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM we treat a multitude of foot and ankle conditions such as flat feet, warts, toe deformities, bunions, fungal infections, sports injury, and arthritis. Our committed and highly-qualified podiatrists Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto can help pinpoint the exact cause of your ankle pain and devise a treatment plan that showcases the best outcomes. Call or visit us at our two convenient locations in Brooklyn: (718) 624-7537 (Brooklyn Heights) or (718) 567-1403 (Brooklyn). 

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 21, 2018
Category: Ankle pain
Tags: podiatrist   swelling   pain   bone   ankle fracture   heal  

Running a 5k or a marathon is a great challenge and accomplishment. Many people spend months preparing and training for these types of activities and work hard to bring out their best performance. Unfortunately, for some athletes, a 5k or marathon can mean a severe ankle fracture. Ankle fractures often occur when the ankle is rolled or due to a sudden amount of pressure. The fracture is only a partial bone break, but it can be as painful as a full bone break.

Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Blisters near the site of fracture
  • Bruising almost immediately after an injury occurs
  • Inability to walk or get mobile
  • Ankle looks different from the other ankle
  • Bone is protruding from the skin – this warrants an immediate visit to the emergency room    

Diagnosis

As soon as you receive an ankle injury, it is important that you seek the help of a podiatrist or trained medical professional. Ankle injuries can range from mild to severe. It is important to treat such injuries early so that no complications arise and so that the injury does not get worse.

Treating an Ankle Fracture

After you are diagnosed with an ankle fracture from your foot doctor, you may be instructed to do the following to help alleviate pain and heal the injury:

  • Rest your ankle. This means to stay off of it completely and avoid bearing weight on the injury.
  • Ice your injury regularly. Ice packs should be wrapped in a towel to prevent frostbite. Ankles should be iced for 15 minutes and then given a break. This should be repeated regularly.
  • Compression is usually done with an ace bandage, a splint, or an air cast. This will help to reduce swelling of the ankle.
  • Elevating the ankle so that it is positioned slightly higher than your heart will also help to reduce swelling.
  • Immobilization may occur if the fracture is severe enough. This includes casting of the foot and ankle to prevent further movement which may exacerbate the injury.
  • Medication may also be prescribed to help alleviate pain and swelling.

If you recently injured your ankle and noticed that it is swelling, bruised and painful, then it is time to call your podiatrist. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can get your fractured foot back into top shape. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
December 27, 2017
Category: Ankle pain
Tags: arthritis  

Ankle pain is a very serious and debilitating condition that affects the lives of thousands of people all over the United States and many more across the world. It has many different causes but some of the most common are arthritis, trauma or previous surgery. Those who suffer from ankle pain often seek the help of a podiatrist. They then try many conventional methods to try to stop or control the pain, and are either very happy or very defeated. Luckily for them, a podiatrist knows that there are many other types of more intense treatment options available if the basic methods fail.  One such method is ankle injections.

If a patient complains of pain and it is accompanied by the following symptoms, than they may be a good candidate for a corticosteroid joint injection that uses a steroid to help target and control the pain in the ankle:

  • Warmth to palpation
  • Erythema
  • Pain
  • Disability
  • Restriction of motion

An x-ray can be used to confirm that an ankle is suffering from trauma, arthritis or another diagnosis that would warrant an ankle injection as treatment. These are noninvasive and can be done during a regular appointment at an office visit. In the x-ray room, you will be asked to take specific positions so that the technician can get the best pictures possible. These x-rays will then be reviewed by the podiatrist.

How is an injection given?

The patient is asked to lay down on their back with their ankle relaxed. The podiatrist will then feel around the ankle to find the right area to enter with the needle. Once the site is identified, they will sterilize the chosen site and the needle. The injection will be slow and careful so that the medicine works properly and spreads appropriately.

Once the injection is done, the individual will be asked to stay in the same place for 5-10 minutes. They will also be asked to stay in the office for 30 minutes after the injection to be sure that they do not have an allergic reaction or that any other adverse side effects appear.

Are you experiencing a lot of pain in your ankles? Has arthritis, a traumatic injury or another cause lead you to ankle pain so severe that traditional remedies just aren’t working? It is time to seek alternative options with a podiatrist you can trust. Call Joseph C. Stuto, DPM and Joseph A. Stuto, DPM of Stuto Foot & Ankle Group, located in Brooklyn, New York. Making an appointment is easy - just call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today. You do not have to suffer from ankle pain, there are options available that can help!