Foot/Ankle Pain Specialist

Weiss Orthopaedics

Sonoma and Northern Marin's Premier Orthopaedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist

Whether you’re an athlete, stand frequently for your job, or simply have pain when you get out of bed in the morning, foot and ankle pain can prevent you from enjoying your day-to-day life. At Weiss Orthopaedics in the Novato region of Northern Marin and Sonoma, California, the team provides diligent diagnosis and treatment of ankle and foot problems. Led by orthopaedist Noah Weiss, MD, the practice utilizes the best available technology and care practices to provide a high-touch and high tech experience. To schedule your visit, call the office today.

Foot/Ankle Pain Q & A

What conditions cause foot and ankle pain?

Foot and ankle conditions affect about 75% of Americans at some point in their lives. Some of the most common causes are:

Ankle sprains

Ankle sprains can occur on the outside or inside of your ankle or between the bones of your shin and foot. A sprain occurs when your ligaments are overstretched and possibly torn.

Achilles tendonitis

Inflammation of the tendon at the back of your ankle can range from mild, annoying discomfort to pain that limits your ability to run, exercise, and walk. If left untreated, the tendon can wear down and may even tear.

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is most common among middle-aged adults and develops when the fibrous connective tissue in the sole of your foot becomes irritated, either due to wear-and-tear, poor footwear, or structural issues within your foot.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a rare condition that causes entrapment of nerves in your ankle and foot, leading to pain, numbness, and burning sensations on the inside and the sole of your foot.

Interdigital neuroma, also called Morton’s neuroma

A neuroma is a bundle of nerve tissue that develops in between your toes, typically due to compression of the nerve from tight shoes, athletic activities, or genetic predisposition. You may feel pain or a knot of tissue between your toes.

The team at Weiss Orthopaedics diagnoses and treats all types of foot and ankle pain to help you recover and feel comfortable again.

How are foot and ankle pain diagnosed?

During your first visit, the team begins with a thorough consultation and physical exam to determine the location of your pain and any other symptoms you’re experiencing. Dr. Weiss performs an orthopaedic exam to assess the muscles, ligaments, and joints in your feet and may order X-rays or an MRI of your foot if needed.

Based on the findings during your exam, the team explains your diagnosis and treatment options.

How are foot and ankle pain treated?

Treatment for foot and ankle pain varies based on your diagnosis, the severity of your pain, and your lifestyle or athletic goals. In many cases, conservative care is the first recommendation, including:

  • Rest
  • Supportive taping or bracing
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy

For more serious cases or those with significant damage to the foot or ankle, surgery or arthroscopy can be recommended.

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