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Ankle pain is a common condition of the leg. Some common causes may include Ankle sprain, Achilles Tendinitis or Achilles Rupture (this is a link), Broken Foot, Gout, Osteoarthritis, Bursitis and more. 

Dr. Aakruti Bhalja is an expert in treating ankle pain. If ankle pain is ruining your life, Dr Bhalja will obtain x-rays, perform comprehensive physical exam and history, review the surgical and non-surgical options to reduce pain and deformity. She will also discuss recovery time, return to work and activity.

Dr. Bhalja is a highly reviewed ankle pain specialist.


Dr. Bhalja was wonderful. She took the time to explain the procedure I was having done. She also answered all my questions with patience. – Ann


Dr. Bhaljia was so detailed, warm, and personable! She was so patient and made sure to x-ray my injured foot from various angles to ensure she could make an informed diagnosis. She also gave great advice for lifestyle changes to implement to support my foot health for the long-term! – Sabrina


The most common cause of ankle pain is a sprain. This is usually caused when the ankle rolls causing tearing of ligaments that hold the bones together. Other causes include:

  • Arthritis (osteoarthritis most common)
  • Gout (uric acid build up)
  • Pseudogout (calcium deposit build up in the joint)
  • Blood Clot
  • Infection
  • Sciatica


  • Rest and Ice for first few days, Ice no more than 20 minutes at a time to reduce swelling and pain
  • Compression with elastic bandage
  • Elevation above the heart level to reduce swelling
  • Over the counter Tylenol or Anti Inflammatory Medications (for example ibuprofen)
  • Physical Therapy
  • Corticosteroid Injection


If conservative treatments fail to work in the first few days, if pain is severe, if there is fever, or instability in the ankle, it is important to visit your ankle specialist.


When conservative treatments fail to alleviate pain and deformity, surgery may be appropriate. Type of surgery depends on the diagnosis, age, activity level, and severity of the deformity.


When conservative treatments fail to alleviate pain and deformity, surgery may be appropriate. Type of surgery depends on the diagnosis, age, activity level, and severity of the deformity.


This is a surgical procedure that fastens together endings of bones in the joint with metal plates and/or screws. Healing and pain relief happens when damaged bones fuse together into one bone. This treatment is used in advanced cases of arthritis.


This is a surgical procedure where ends of damaged bones are removed and fitted with plastic and metal replacement joint. Natural movement is better maintained with an artificial joint. This surgery is generally recommended for less active older adults. This joint can be damaged by high impact activities.


What are the most common types of ankle surgery?

The three most common surgeries are:

  • Ankle fracture surgery
  • Ankle fusion
  • Ankle joint replacement
How do I know if I need ankle surgery?

There are a number of warning signs when your body is telling you that surgery might be necessary:

  • Persistently stiff or swollen ankles
  • Pain from mild activity
  • Difficulty to walk up or down steps
  • Aches, pain, or stiffness
  • Decreased mobility
What should I expect after ankle surgery?

After ankle surgery, you can expect to use either splint or cast depending on the procedure. This can remain for 1-2 weeks to prevent joint movement. and enhance the healing process.

Is ankle surgery painful?

As with any surgery you can expect to feel some minor pain or discomfort post-surgery. At Downtown Podiatry Physicians we work with all patients to increase recovery time and minimize pain. It is essential to communicate any pain with us after in the first few weeks.

How long after ankle surgery can I walk again?

Depending on the severity of the surgery and your body’s recovery process it can take 6 weeks or more before you can walk normally again. During this time many patients use crutches or other devices to help keep weight off their ankle.

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