Receive Proper Care for Foot and Ankle Pain at UPMC
There are 26 bones and 33 joints in your foot, and three bones in your ankle joint. Your foot and ankle consist of many muscles, tendons, nerves and ligaments. When one of these areas is damaged or injured, it can cause mild to severe pain and discomfort.
Our foot and ankle specialists provide compassionate care and the latest treatments for all forms of foot and ankle pain.
Conditions That May Cause Ankle or Foot Pain
Ankle or foot pain can be caused by the following conditions:
- Achilles inflammation
- Achilles tendinitis
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Ankle arthritis
- Ankle instability
- Ankle sprain or strain
- Bone disease of foot or ankle
- Diabetic ulcers
- Flat feet
- Fracture of ankle
- Fracture of the heel bone (Calcaneal Fracture)
- Fracture of the metatarsal
- Fracture of the midfoot
- Fracture of the talus
- Fracture of the toe(s)
- High arch/cavus foot
- Ingrown nails
- Osteochondral injury of the talus (OCD)
- Pilon fractures
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Toe deformities
If you have a foot or ankle condition, meet with a foot and ankle specialist at UPMC to receive a diagnosis of your symptoms.
Foot & Ankle Pain Symptoms
Symptoms of foot and ankle pain will depend on the specific condition. The most frequent sign is pain and discomfort. Pain may be acute or chronic, sharp or dull, and may get worse with more activity or when wearing shoes.
Other symptoms of foot and ankle pain include:
- Changes in appearance of a toe or other part of the foot
Foot and Ankle Pain Causes
There are a wide range of things that can cause foot and ankle pain. These include:
- Injuries and accidents such as foot fractures, ankle sprains, falls or slips
- Joint, ligament, tendon and muscle wear and tear can lead to arthritis and injury
- Shoes that don’t fit properly can cause foot problems such as calluses, corns and bunions
Foot and Ankle Pain Treatment
Your doctor can help make suggestions for shoes that accommodate your problem, shoe inserts, pads and orthotics for better comfort. In many cases, making adjustments to your footwear can be an effective solution to foot pain.
Other foot and ankle injury treatments may include RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) and anti-inflammatory medicines. Your doctor may recommend corticosteroid shots or surgery for more severe conditions. With surgery, you may need to wear a cast or boot for support. Physical therapy may also be part of your recovery.
UPMC offers many treatment options for foot and ankle pain in Muncy, Lock Haven, Berwick, Lewisburg, Williamsport, and Wellsboro, PA.