Foot And Ankle Pain Specialist

Ideal Foot Care

Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Astoria, NY

You’re not alone if you’re experiencing foot or ankle pain. These common problems arise from a variety of causes — arthritis, bunions, heel spurs, and beyond — and treatment varies widely. You can count on getting the right care from Albert Samandarov, DPM, and the podiatry team at Ideal Foot Care in Queens, New York. To find out more, call the Astoria office or book a consultation online.

Foot and Ankle Pain Q & A

What causes foot pain?

Foot pain occurs in your heel, the ball of your foot, and several other locations. Knowing the precise location helps to narrow down the source of your pain. For example, pain in your heel could be a sign of:

  • Plantar fasciitis: inflammation of the band of tissue that joins the heel to the toes
  • Heel spurs: abnormal bone growths 
  • Heel bone fracture: typically due to an impact injury
  • Stone bruise: a bruise on your heel pad 

If the ball of your foot is painful, several conditions may be the cause, including:

  • Sesamoiditis: tendon inflammation 
  • Metatarsalgia: inflammation in the ball of your foot
  • Morton’s neuroma: thickened nerve tissue 

When your toes are in pain, the possible causes include: 

  • Bunions: bony bumps at the base of your big toe
  • Arthritis: an inflammatory joint condition 
  • Claw toe: a joint problem affecting the end of your toe 
  • Hammer toe: joint condition creating a hammer-like look
  • Turf toe: pain often resulting from physical activity

Fractures and sprains are also potential sources of foot pain.

What causes ankle pain?

Sports-related injuries and sprained ankles often lead to ankle pain. Other common causes include, but aren’t limited to:

  • A broken foot
  • Bursitis
  • Gout 
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Stress fractures

Several forms of arthritis also may provoke ankle pain, including gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis.

How are foot and ankle pain diagnosed?

Your Ideal Foot Care podiatrist begins by taking a medical history. They ask when your foot or ankle pain started, where the pain is located, and about other symptoms. They examine your foot or ankle and recommend diagnostic tests like an X-ray if need be. 

Once your podiatrist diagnoses your condition, they discuss your treatment options to help you regain optimal use of your foot or ankle.

How is foot or ankle pain treated?

Your podiatrist crafts a treatment plan for your condition. For example, if your foot or ankle is fractured, they recommend you wear a cast or protective footwear for 6-8 weeks to allow your fracture to heal. In some cases, you may need surgery.

With an Achilles tendon injury, your podiatrist may recommend custom orthotics, physical therapy, or surgery, depending on the severity of your condition.

If you’re experiencing foot or ankle pain, the podiatry team at Ideal Foot Care can set you on the path to recovery. Get expert diagnosis and care by calling today or booking a consultation online.