Why Do I Have Ankle Pain and What Can I Do?
We’ve heard this question many times from our Los Angeles patients over the years. The simple truth is that your ankle pain can be caused by several different conditions, and depends a great deal on how you sustained injury in the first place. Well over 20,000 ankle sprains occur daily, so ankle sprains are very common and you are definitely not alone if your ankle pain is caused by a sprain. However symptoms of sprains and symptoms of fractures are very similar. When examined by an inexperienced practitioner, fractures are sometimes misdiagnosed as sprains, which results in wrong course of treatment, worst injury, and a considerably extended recuperation period.
During laser procedures, specialists like those at the Glenoaks Podiatry Group use a beam of light in much the same way conventional practitioners use a scalpel. A laser is a tool that generates an intense beam of light. During a surgical procedure, the doctor can use that light to vaporize tissue in an instant. At the same time, the light sterilizes the area and seals the blood vessels. For patients, this means little pain, no bleeding, and enhanced healing.
Although thousands of ankles are sprained and injured daily, your sprain or fracture is unmistakably unique. We can confidently say this from our 60 years of combined experience and countless examples of successful ankle treatment cases at our institute. We can also say that the best first step in treating your ankle injury is getting an accurate and early diagnosis from a well-experienced podiatrist or foot specialist.
While this may seem like common sense, we continue to be surprised: many patients choose to wait and take advantage of our free consultations days after their initial injury and well after their attempts at self-diagnosis and conservative home treatment have failed. This prolongs the discomfort, healing time, and complicates the recovery.