Western Orthopaedics-Ankle and Foot

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Ankle pain is most commonly associated with trauma and sports-related injuries, such as a fracture, or an injury to the ligaments of the ankle, such as a sprain.

However, agitation and discomfort may also occur due to overuse injuries, which can range from mild joint pain to Achilles tendonitis (medically referred to as tendinitis).

If you think you may be suffering from an ankle injury or condition and are experiecing any of the symptoms listed below, it may be time to visit with an ankle specialist:

  • Sudden intense pain
  • Pain when you're NOT bearing weight
  • Pain that persists for more than two weeks
  • Swelling that persists or worsens after 2-3 days
  • Limited range of motion due to stiffness, weakness, or swelling

You should seek treatment with an ankle specialist if you being to feel feverish or if the area reddens, becomes warmer, and feels even more sensitive, as these are signs of an infection.


As the foundation of your lower body's movement, the foot and its numerous bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles can be a source of significant joint pain. 

Often associated with inappropriate footwear or poor alignment, pain in the foot is most commonly associated with trauma such as a fracture, disease, such as osteoarthritis, deformities, such as a bunion, or stress injuries. 

If you are experiencing any of the following foot pain symptoms, it may be time to visit with a foot specialist:

  • Numbness in the foot
  • Pain in the heel, ball, or arch of the foot
  • Inability to perform daily activites without foot pain
  • Change in sensation or color of skin or toenail
  • Swelling or tenderness
  • If the afflicted area looks deformed or if you have lost function

A consulttation with a foot doctors is the best way to differentiate between a severe foot condition and minor foot injury. 


At Western Orthopaedics, we understand that foot and ankle pain can have a significant impact on your daily life, and we will work with you to develop a treatment plan specific to your needs.

Our foot and ankle experts understand that proper diagnosis is paramount in deteremining the most effective treatment plan for your individual condition. To consult with a foot and ankle doctor at Western Orthopaedics, please call 303-321-1333.

To learn more about painful conditions of the foot and ankle, please visit the links below.

Common Conditions of the Ankle and Foot:

  • Achilles Tendon Ruptures

    The Achilles tendon represents the insertion of the calf muscle onto the heel bone. It is important for strength with push off of the foot with walking, running and jumping
  • Ankle Fractures

    The ankle is a hinge joint between the leg and the foot. Stability of this joint is maintained by ligaments but also by the bony architecture of the joint
  • Flat Feet

    Flat feet, also known as “fallen arches,” are a common cause of foot pain. Many people are born with flat feet and often do not have pain, but others may develop pain in the arch or ankle.
  • Bunions

    A bunion, or hallux valgus, is a common cause of foot pain. Bunions can often make it impossible to find comfortable shoes, and over time can cause difficulty in activities such as running and sports.
  • Stress Fractures

    The foot is made up 28 different bones, any of which can develop a stress fracture.
  • Ankle Arthritis

    Though not as common as arthritis of the hip or the knee, ankle arthritis can be a very disabling condition. Common symptoms are pain and swelling around the ankle.
  • Ankle Sprains

    Ankle sprains are the most common athletic injury. Typically, an “ankle sprain” represents partial tearing of the ligaments on the outside of the ankle.
  • Calcaneus Fractures

    The calcaneus (or heel bone) is commonly fractured with falls from a height, such as off a ladder or roof.
  • Hallux Rigidus

    This is the medical term for arthritis of the big toe. Hallux rigidus is a common cause of pain and bone spurs around the big toe.

Animations of Foot and Ankle

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The Painful Foot and Ankle

Dr. Nagamani explains the painful foot and ankle.