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Exploring the Causes of Foot and Ankle Pain

Foot and ankle pain can stem from a variety of sources, each with its unique challenges. Bruises often result from direct trauma, causing discoloration and tenderness. Puncture wounds, which may occur from stepping on sharp objects, can lead to infection if not properly treated. Injuries to ligaments and tendons, such as sprains and strains, are common, and typically result from overuse or sudden twists and turns, leading to swelling and pain. Dislocations, though less frequent, can occur from severe trauma, necessitating medical intervention to realign the bones. Retrocalcaneal bursitis, an inflammation of the bursa located at the back of the heel, often arises from repetitive stress or ill-fitting shoes, causing pain and swelling near the Achilles tendon. Addressing foot and ankle pain effectively requires identifying the specific cause and implementing appropriate treatments. If you have any type of foot or ankle pain, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment options.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Steven Ginex, DPM from Palm Desert Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Palm Desert, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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