Injuries, arthritis, or structural problems can lead to ankle pain that makes it hard to walk. Marshall L. Lukoff, DPM, FAAFS of Foot Care Specialists PC, is the premier podiatrist and foot and ankle specialist in Quincy, Massachusetts. He treats patients with ankle pain and discomfort with the latest technology in cold lasers, which speeds healing and gets you back to living your life to the fullest. If you’re suffering from ankle pain, call either office or schedule an appointment online today.

Ankle Pain Q & A

What causes ankle pain?

Your ankles bear your bodyweight every day, and allow you to move, but if you have weak ankles or are prone to injury, they can hurt and make it harder to walk. When a complex system of tendons, muscles, ligaments, or bones suffer an injury or wear and tear, you can feel intense or dull, aching discomfort. Some of the most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Stress fractures
  • Sprains and strains
  • Bursitis (joint inflammation)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles-tendon rupture
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Broken foot or ankle
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Dislocation

If you have reason to believe you might have fractured your ankle, or have severe pain and swelling, seek immediate medical attention. Otherwise, if your ankle pain has developed over time, or is getting worse as you get older, it could be a sign of one of these common causes.

How do I treat my ankle discomfort?

If your ankle discomfort is the result of a mild injury, such as a twisted ankle from a fall or while playing a sport, you might be able to take care of it at home with rest, ice, and by keeping it elevated. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help reduce swelling and ease pain. However, if you experience chronic ankle discomfort and have a hard time putting weight on your foot, it’s time to get professional help from an expert podiatrist like Dr. Lukoff.

The team at Foot Care Specialists offers Multi Radiance Medical’s MR4™ superpulsed cold-laser treatment to relieve pain and speed healing. The laser energy heals injured tissue and reduces inflammation so you get relief. MR4 super pulsed cold laser treatment is highly effective compared to other treatment methods, and it’s noninvasive, so there’s none of the downtime or lengthy recovery period associated with surgeries and other more invasive treatments.

What conditions can MR4 super pulsed cold laser treatment help?

The MR4 laser treatments are effective in treating acute injuries and chronic conditions, including:

  • Muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries
  • Connective tissue problems
  • Bone conditions
  • Nerve problems

Cold laser treatments are an excellent treatment method for those who want to avoid prescription medications but still get relief from uncomfortable or severe ankle problems.

To learn more about MR4 super pulsed cold laser treatments, or to have an expert evaluation from the leading podiatrist and foot-care specialist in the area, call either the Quincy office or schedule an ankle-pain appointment online.