The team at Lower Westchester Foot & Ankle, located in White Plains, New York and led by board-recognized surgeon Dr. Ari Rubinstein, ensures prompt and accurate diagnosis of the underlying issue causing your ankle pain. Dr. Rubinstein, a renowned ankle specialist, then develops an individualized treatment plan that may entail one or more treatments. Dr. Rubinstein’s expertise attracts patients from throughout White Plains, as well as, neighboring communities, including Scarsdale, Harrison, Eastchester, Ardsley, Hartsdale, and Mamaroneck. If you are experiencing ankle pain due to an injury or deformity, schedule a consultation with Lower Westchester Foot & Ankle. Schedule at your convenience by calling our office or using the online scheduling tool.
Ankle Pain Q & A
Why is Ankle Pain Such a Common Problem?
The ankle is an intricate and delicate network of muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones. Because ankles are strong enough to bear someone’s body weight, yet complex enough for precision turns and movement, they can be prone to injury and pain.
Athletes, people who walk or run a lot, and the aging are most likely to have problems with ankle pain.
What Causes Ankle Pain?
Some of the common causes of ankle pain include:
- Avulsion fracture
- Achilles tendinitis
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Broken ankle/broken foot
- Osteochondritis dissecans
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Reactive arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sprained ankle
- Septic arthritis
- Stress fractures
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
Though the above are the common causes of ankle pain, there are several more serious underlying conditions that pain an indicator of. This can include a broken foot or ankle, an ankle sprain, Avascular necrosis (the death of bone tissue due to a lack of blood supply), and an inflammatory condition that develops in response to an infection in another part of the body. Chronic pain lasting more than a few days is an indication that a person should seek professional help.
How Is an Ankle Sprain Treated?
A sprained ankle occurs when the ankle rolls, twists or turns an awkward way. Such an injury can stretch or tear the ligaments (tough bands of tissue) that help hold the ankle bones together.
Ligaments help stabilize joints, preventing excessive movement. A sprained ankle occurs when the ligaments are forced beyond their normal range of motion. Most sprained ankles involve injuries to the ligaments on the outer side of the ankle.
Treatment for a sprained ankle depends on the severity of the injury. A moderate to severe sprain generally needs attention from a doctor. Walking with a sprained ankle can be painful, so a removable device such as a splint or brace and crutches are often needed.
When a sprain does not heal properly, a cast or walking boot may be required. Surgery may be recommended in the rare case of a severe ligament tear.
If your ankle makes walking downright impossible, you owe it to yourself to get treated. Lower Westchester Foot & Ankle can help. Call or book now.
Arthritis Q & A
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There are many types of arthritis impacting the foot. Most common types include Gout, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, and Psoriatic arthritis. Each type of arthritis has distinct symptoms and functional limitations.
How is arthritis Diagnosed?
Evaluation begins with a detailed history and physical exam. Often, x-rays and blood tests are performed. Sometimes more advanced imaging like CT’s and MRI’s are ordered.
How is arthritis treated?
Our goal is keeping you active. There are many treatment options available including; medication to control the condition and medication to alleviate pain and swelling. Physical treatments to maintain stability and alter motion like bracing and orthotics, Surgical treatments to alter motion at the affected joint.
How do I get started?
Schedule a consultation by calling the office (914) 682-8828 or clicking book online.