Ankle Pain Specialist

Ankle Pain services offered in Holladay and West Jordan, UT

If you have ongoing or severe ankle pain, help is within reach at Salt Lake City Foot and Ankle Clinic in Holladay and West Jordan, Utah. Our podiatrists Christiaan Goebel, DPM, Weston Packard, DPM, and their skilled team find the cause of ankle discomfort and treat it to get you back on your feet. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today. We serve all of Salt Lake City and the surrounding communities. 

Ankle Pain Q&A

What is ankle pain?

Ankle pain affects your joints, which consist of bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and other soft tissues. Your ankle joints connect your feet to your lower leg bones. Treating the cause of ankle pain can alleviate your discomfort and reduce the risk of further problems. 

What does ankle pain feel like?

If you have an ankle injury, you may notice:

  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Dull aching
  • Sharp pain
  • Pain with walking or movement
  • Bruising 
  • Weakness
  • Instability
  • Stabbing pain
  • Reduced mobility 
  • Numbness 
  • Tingling 
  • Burning pain

Your pain might be mild and disappear within a few days, severe, or long-lasting. It could come and go or get worse over time if left untreated.

What are the risk factors for ankle pain?

Common causes and risk factors for experiencing ankle pain include:

  • Being over 65
  • Playing sports
  • Excess body weight
  • Strains 
  • Sprains
  • Fractures
  • Joint inflammation
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Flatfoot
  • Infections
  • Plantar fasciitis 

You might injure your ankle while playing sports, working at a physically demanding job, jumping, cutting, falling, overtraining, or being in an accident. 

How does my doctor diagnose the cause of ankle pain?

To determine the cause of your ankle pain and develop an effective treatment plan, the Salt Lake City Foot and Ankle Clinic team asks about your lifestyle habits, symptoms, and medical history. They examine your foot and ankle and may recommend blood tests, joint fluid tests, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or other imaging procedures. 

How is ankle pain treated?

Common ankle pain treatments available at Salt Lake City Foot and Ankle Clinic include:

  • Rest 
  • Elevation 
  • Compression
  • Ice or heat packs
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Laser therapy
  • Bracing
  • Splints
  • Custom orthotics
  • Steroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery

The Salt Lake City Foot and Ankle Clinic team first recommends conservative treatments but offers ankle surgery if necessary to fully restore your ankle joint’s structure and function. 

They follow up with you periodically to ensure your treatment works effectively and change your regimen if needed to minimize pain and the risk of future ankle problems.

To get treated for ankle pain, call the Salt Lake City Foot and Ankle Clinic office or schedule an appointment online today.