Ankle pain is often due to an ankle sprain but can also be caused by ankle instability, arthritis, gout, tendonitis, fracture, nerve compression (tarsal tunnel syndrome), infection and poor structural alignment of the leg or foot. Ankle pain can be associated with swelling, stiffness, redness, and warmth in the involved area. The pain is often described as an intense dull ache that occurs upon weight bearing and ankle motion.
Initial treatment may consist of rest, ice, elevation, and immobilization, but may also include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, physical therapy, and cortisone injection. A foot and ankle surgeon can best determine the cause of the ankle pain and appropriate treatment options.
For more information on ankle pain see these valuable topics and articles:
Old Ankle Sprains Increase Risk for Newly Active Baby Boomers
Peroneal tendon injuries
Talar dome lesion
Tarsal tunnel syndrome (nerve compression)
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- Britt T. 2/10/2020
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- Margie I. 2/7/2020
I went to a podiatrist for four months for plantar fasciitis. They never explained anything had me by expensive footwear and gave me several injections. I researched for another doctor and found Dr Simonson. Immediately I saw a difference he explained everything step by step to me. I had a simple procedure and I was back on my feet in four weeks. His office staff was lovely minimal wait time. I am so happy I found a realistic and compassionate doctor in my trying time.
- Vanessa Thompson. 0/6/2020
Dr. Simonson & Staff are efficient, providing excellent care and service. I started having issues shortly after our last podiatrist retired. Simonson was my 4th opinion. He assessed my situation thoroughly, offered options to resolve and helped me navigate options that eventually ended in routine surgery. The procedure went well. The pains are gone and I'm almost back to jogging!
- Valerie Citta. 3/12/2019
This is the first time visiting Dr Simonson's office . Called this morning and was seen the very same day as a new patient.
The Receptionist was VERY pleasant and accommodating. I must say the entire staff was professional and pleasant. I was extremely fortunate to get an appointment to see Dr. Vaughn today.
This is the best experience I had since moving to FL with doctors. He's extremely polite, professional and compassionate. He also made me more at ease with his diagnosis LOVED HIM!!!!I
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- Bella Kam. 1/25/2019
You would have never thought that the best was actually so close to home. After shopping around a lot, I'm glad I made the choice to come here to get my toenail removed.
- Bill Gates. 10/8/2018
Wow we went to see Dr. Vaughn today- and it was my best experience with our child with a doctor in my life. What a personable, knowledgeable, just wonderful doctor he is! I called this morning for an appointment short notice and they saw us right away. I highly recommend them!!!
- J. J.. 9/19/2018
Dr. Simonson is a wonderful doctor. I went in with balance issues and right away he asked about ankle sprains, of which I’ve had many. He moved my ankle around and found I had two torn tendons. He sent my for an MRI and he operated a few weeks later. I have a cute little scar on my ankle and I can walk much better. Dr. Simonson practiced under a plastic surgeon during his residency and is quite skilled at minimizing scars. He’s the best!
- Diane Cook. 5/20/2018
Went to him after a few years of complaining of knee and ankle pain. He said he thought it was more of a back issue. I went to a neurologist and had a MRI that revealed a severe hernia in my lower back. Prepping for surgery to relieve the pain I’ve had for several years. Thank you 🙏🏼
- Meredith Ott. 3/11/2018
Friendly staff and a fantastic and personable doctor. He diagnosed and treated my foot problem on my first visit. He was empathetic and competent. I highly recommend this practice.
- Michelle Lee. 7/2/2017
Dr Simonson did tendon rrpair surgery on my foot after conservative treatment failed. He did an excellent job. He is knowledgeable and friendly. Office staff is pleasant. My only negative is he is frequently behind appt times, but, in fairness to that, he spends time with his patients, answers questions and explains procedures well. Would recommend without hesitation.
- Angel Collins. 6/20/2017
- stephanie schobel. 1/22/2017
Feels like you are talking to a friend not a doctor.
- Charles Putnam. 5/20/2016
Best podiatrist in town! 👍🏻
- Josh Light. 1/21/2016
My husband had an ingrown toenail removed and it was done quickly and professionally. We would recommend this DPM Office for this procedure.