Foot and Ankle Pain

Walking, standing, driving, moving – your feet and ankles keep you going all day. Foot and ankle pain, whether from an injury or normal wear and tear, can affect your ability to function. But you don’t have to live with the pain.

Our orthopaedic and sports medicine physicians deliver a wide range of treatments, including injections and other nonsurgical therapies. We work with you to find a solution to stop the pain, helping you move on with your busy life.

Foot and ankle care at Allegheny Health Network: Why choose us?

You’ll find focused care for foot and ankle pain at Allegheny Health Network (AHN). Our orthopaedic surgery team has decades of experience in treating people with foot and ankle problems. This level of expertise helps us ease the pain and restore more normal functioning as quickly and safely as possible.

AHN’s sports medicine physicians, certified athletic trainers, and physical therapists help athletes of all skill levels make a safe return to the game after foot and ankle problems. We provide trusted medical care to local high schools and professional teams, including the Pittsburgh Riverhounds soccer team. Find out more about athletic trainer services.

Foot and ankle conditions we treat

We treat a wide range of foot and ankle conditions, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Bunions
  • Congenital (present at birth) problems, including overlapping toes
  • Diabetic foot conditions, such as nerve problems in the feet
  • Heel spurs
  • Orthopaedic trauma, including crushed bones
  • Sports injuries, such as Achilles tendonitis

Treatments for foot and ankle pain

The treatments that are most effective for you depend on the diagnosis and symptoms. We explain all of your options and tailor care to meet your unique needs.

Your treatment may include:

  • Bracing: Wearing a device (brace) limits movement in your foot or ankle, allowing the area to rest. Bracing helps reduce the swelling and promotes healing.
  • Medication: You may feel better with over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen. For stubborn pain, we may recommend prescription medication.
  • Injections: If other medications are not working, injecting medications directly into the source of the pain may help you get relief. Learn more about injections.
  • Physical therapy: Our certified physical therapists help you strengthen the muscles in your foot or ankle. We also show you how to gently stretch the area to relieve stiffness. Read more about physical therapy.
  • Surgery: If other treatments fail to bring relief, a surgical procedure may be the most effective treatment option. These procedures include repairing or removing damaged tissue. If you have suffered a severe fracture (broken bone), you may need reconstructive surgery. We discuss the procedure with you so you know what to expect during the surgery and recovery. Find out more about orthopaedic surgery.
  • Preventive services: We offer many services, including strength training, to help you feel your best as you recover. These services may also lower your risk for future foot or ankle problems. Read more about sports performance services.

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