Hip, Foot, & Ankle Pain & Conditions
Hip, foot, and ankle pain can range from minor aches and pains to more serious conditions, such as arthritis and fractures. Identifying the cause of the pain or condition is essential, as treatments will vary depending on the underlying cause of your discomfort.
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Most Common Causes of Hip, Foot, & Ankle Pain
- Arthritis – Arthritis is a condition that causes joint inflammation and swelling, which can also lead to pain and stiffness. It is prevalent in the hips, feet, and ankles due to the excess weight and pressure these joints carry.
- Tendonitis – Tendonitis develops when the tendons near a joint become inflamed and irritated. Swelling, discomfort, and trouble moving the joint are all signs of tendonitis.
- Osteonecrosis – In certain situations, the bones that make up the joint can become brittle and more likely to break in a condition known as Osteonecrosis. This condition can lead to pain in the hips, feet, and ankles.
- Bursitis – Bursitis is an ailment that occurs due to the inflammation of a bursa, a fluid-filled sac that functions as a cushion and lubricant between tendon and bone or muscle and bone. Bursitis symptoms can include pain, stiffness, and swelling in the affected area.
- Tendon Rupture – A tendon rupture occurs when the tissue connecting muscle to bone is overstretched or torn. This can happen when the tendon is subjected to too much force or injured due to poor flexibility or a lack of conditioning.
- Tendinitis – The inflammation of the tendons, which are the solid and fibrous cords that attach muscles to bones, is known as Tendinitis. Symptoms include pain, swelling in the affected area, and a limited range of motion.
- Sprain, Strain, or Fracture – A sprain or strain is commonly caused by overstretching or twisting muscles and ligaments. A fall, other traumatic event, overuse, or repetitive stress may also cause a fracture.
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome – Tarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS) happens when the posterior tibial nerve is compressed as it passes through the tarsal tunnel in the ankle. Symptoms can include tingling, numbness, burning, shooting pain, and cramping in the foot and ankle.
Available Treatments for Hip, Foot, & Ankle Pain Include:
- Exercise and PT – Exercise and physical therapy (PT) are two of the most common treatments that can help reduce pain and improve mobility by strengthening the muscles around the affected joint of the hip, foot, and ankle pains.
- Lifestyle Changes – Lifestyle changes such as stretching, maintaining good posture, losing excess weight, and wearing the proper shoes can also be effective ways to help you deal with these pains.
- Injections and Infusions – Injections and infusions are suitable treatments doctors may recommend for hip, foot, and ankle pain. The underlying cause of the pain will determine the type of injection or infusion.
- Arthroscopic Debridement – Arthroscopic debridement is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure that uses specialized instruments to remove damaged or diseased tissue from a joint. It can help treat hip, foot, and ankle pain and other joint conditions.
- Arthrodesis – Arthrodesis is a surgical procedure used to fuse two or more bones to reduce pain or correct deformity. It can also be used to treat arthritis and other conditions that cause pain and instability in the hip, foot, and ankle joints.
- Total Ankle Replacement – Total ankle replacement (TAR) is a relatively new and increasingly popular surgical procedure that replaces the ankle joint with an artificial joint. This can allow you to resume normal activities with improved mobility, comfort, and stability.
- Medications (NSAIDs) – Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a medication commonly used to treat pain and inflammation, which can help to ease pain and promote healing.
Why Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers?
If you are experiencing hip, foot, or ankle discomfort, look no further than Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers, one of New Orleans’ Top-Rated Pain Management Specialists. We offer a wide range of state-of-the-art therapies and treatment options to suit your individual needs. Get in touch with us today to speak with one of our board-certified doctors and determine which treatment option may be right for you.
Hip, Foot, & Ankle Pain FAQ
Some people may find that walking helps ease their hip and foot pain somewhat, while others may find it worsens their symptoms. It is essential to experiment and see what works best for you, although it is always recommended you speak with your doctor first before attempting any changes in routine.
When experiencing hip pain, the ideal sleeping position is on your side with a pillow between your legs. This will help remove the pressure from your hips and keep them aligned.
Yes, foot pain can be related to hip pain. The leg bones attach to the hip at the hip joint. When the hip is out of alignment, it can cause residual pain in the knees, ankles, and feet.
A few signs of arthritis may be present in your feet. These can include pain and tenderness in the feet, swelling in the feet or ankles, stiffness, difficulty walking or moving the feet, and deformities in the feet.