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Foot and Ankle Pain

As miserable as foot and ankle pain can be, many people believe it is something they just have to live with. Others hope it will go away on its own or put off care until they can no longer walk. Unfortunately, delaying treatment can cause more serious foot problems to develop.

It may be time to see a podiatrist if:

  • You have suffered a foot or ankle injury.
  • You have pain, numbness or tingling in your feet or ankle.
  • You have swelling or sores on your feet.
  • The pain keeps you awake at night or unable to concentrate during the day.
  • Your foot or ankle pain has made activities of daily living difficult.
  • Conservative treatments, such as pain medication or physical therapy, have not provided relief.

Services we offer

Whether you have chronic or acute pain in your foot, ankle, arch, heel, toes or nails, the Gundersen Podiatry team can help.

They provide treatment for common causes of foot and ankle pain such as broken bones, stress fractures, arthritis, gout, diabetic foot ulcers, plantar fasciitis, sprains and bursitis of the heel.

They also treat complex foot and ankle problems that result from sports injuries, deformities from trauma, previous fractures that have not healed correctly, and realignment of feet and ankles.

Conservative treatment

In some cases, conservative treatment may solve your problem. Examples of conservative treatment include:

  • Changing your shoe or shoe style
  • Padding, strapping or bracing
  • Orthotic shoe inserts
  • Physical therapy
  • Injections
  • Changing the work you do

Surgery

When surgery is the best option to reduce your pain, you’ll find specially trained podiatrists offering the latest technology at Gundersen locations in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.

Is surgery right for you?

How to reduce foot and heel pain until your appointment

  • Always wear good, supportive lace-up shoes. If you will be buying new shoes, go to a reputable shoe store for proper shoes and fitting.
  • Do not go barefoot.
  • Wear arch supports/orthotics if you've been given some by a physician.
  • Avoid using ladders or walking on uneven ground.
  • Ice area 3-4 times a day for 15-20 minute at a time. Do not ice if you have poor circulation.
  • If you do not have a history of stomach problems or stomach ulcers, take a prescription anti-inflammatory prescribed by physician or Ibuprofen.
Love + Medicine

Every day, Gundersen Health System staff deliver great medicine plus a little something extra—we call it Love + Medicine.

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