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Foot and ankle care for injuries, degenerative diseases and other conditions

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What is the reason I have ankle pain? Why does my foot hurt?

Every time you take a step, you use your feet and ankles. This regular usage makes them susceptible to a variety of injuries, aches, and pain. When something in your foot or ankle doesn’t feel right, it’s your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong.

Causes of foot and ankle pain

There are many reasons patients see an OrthoIndy foot and ankle specialist. Some people come for expert care after overuse or a sudden injury, and others need help finding relief for pain related to a chronic medical condition. Here are some of the most common causes of foot and ankle pain:

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Treating foot and ankle injuries

Whether it’s due to overuse from repetitive motion, an acute injury such as a fall or a sports-related accident, injuries to the feet and ankles are common. The foot and ankle doctors at OrthoIndy are trained to treat strains, sprains, fractures, tendon injuries and more.

Common athletic injuries

Whether it’s volleyball, football, basketball or cross-country, it seems like every athlete experiences a sprained ankle or a strained muscle in their career. In fact, these minor issues involving muscles, ligaments, and/or tendons, cause the majority of sports injuries.

A sprain is a twisting injury or tears to a ligament. Sprains most often affect the ankles, knees, or wrists. A strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon and is often caused by overuse, force, or stretching. Treatment plans for a sprain or strain will depend on the athlete’s age, overall health, medical history, the extent of the injury, and the athlete’s tolerance for medications, procedures, or therapies.

Initial treatment for a sprain or strain is usually R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression and elevation). Other treatment options include:

  • Medications
  • Activity Restrictions 
  • Splint or Casts
  • Crutches or Wheelchair Use
  • Physical Therapy
  • Surgery (only for extreme cases)

The best foot and ankle surgeons in Indianapolis

OrthoIndy’s world-class foot and ankle doctors provide cutting-edge solutions for patients with the most severe foot and ankle pain.

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Physical Therapy

OrthoIndy Physical therapy focuses on the treatment or rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries.

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Sports Medicine

Quickly diagnosing and treating sports injuries to get you back to doing what you love.

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Urgent Care

OrthoIndy Urgent Care is intended for patients with recent injuries, sprains or broken bones.

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I am grateful to OrthoIndy for seeing me the morning after my injury and performing surgery the following day. This quick response and the skill of my physician allowed me to get back to my active lifestyle as soon as possible.

Craig Thompson