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Ankle Pain Specialist

The Center for Foot Disorders

Shashank Srivastava, DPM, FACFAS

Podiatrist located in Rockville, MD

Ankle pain can take a major toll on mobility and quality of life. As a top-ranked podiatrist in Rockville, MD, Dr. Shashank Srivastava is skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of ankle pain, helping men and women at The Center for Foot Disorders relieve symptoms while providing support and treatment to prevent problems from recurring.

Ankle Pain Q & A

What are the most common causes of ankle pain?

Ankle pain can develop for different reasons, but the most common causes include:

  • arthritis
  • sprains
  • bone spurs
  • fractures
  • tendonitis
  • repetitive use injuries

Ankle pain often develops following a traumatic injury such as a car accident, sports injury or slip-and-fall accident. Often, ankle pain is accompanied by swelling, redness and tenderness around the joint, as well as increased pain when walking or flexing the joint, bruising and a feeling of instability when placing weight on the joint. In more severe cases, the joint may be misshapen.

How is the cause of ankle pain diagnosed?

Diagnosing ankle pain begins with a thorough physical examination of the joint and a review of the symptoms. Gentle passive and active movements and exercises during the exam can help identify the specific area of injury and also can be helpful in determining the underlying cause. Most people with ankle pain will also have diagnostic imaging studies like x-rays to see “inside” the joint. In some cases, a minimally-invasive procedure called arthroscopy may be used to gain a clearer picture of the joint interior, using a slim, flexible instrument equipped with a camera.

How is ankle pain treated?

Treatment will depend on the results of the examination and the cause of the underlying pain and other symptoms. Sometimes, splinting or casting are effective in providing temporary stability to the joint to enable the joint structures and surrounding soft tissues to heal. Oral pain medicine or injected medications may be used to decrease inflammation and pain. Sometimes, surgery is needed to correct defects or repair damaged portions of the joint. Surgery often can be performed using a minimally invasive approach through a series of very small incisions. Once the surgery is complete, the ankle will be supported by a cast during healing.

How can I tell if my ankle pain requires medical attention?

Ankle pain is a signal that something is wrong with the joint. Anytime pain, swelling, joint instability, “popping” noises or sensations in the joint, or other symptoms occur, an appointment should be made to evaluate the joint.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At The Center for Foot Disorders, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

  Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
Adventist Health
Anthem Blue Cross
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Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida (Florida Blue)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan