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Ankle Pain


Board Certified Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon & Podiatry located in Palm Desert, CA & Indio, CA

Ligament sprains, arthritis, fractures, and even Achilles tendonitis — among other issues — can all lead to agonizing ankle pain. If your sore ankle is keeping you from work or exercise, schedule an evaluation with board-certified podiatrist, Ben Wehrli, DPM, of Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle Institute in Rancho Mirage, California. You can conveniently book your ankle pain evaluation online or over the phone.

Ankle Pain Q & A

What are the causes of ankle pain?

Your ankle is a complex hinge joint that is responsible for supporting your entire body weight. Between sports injuries, age-related wear-and-tear, and chronic conditions, a lot of issues can arise that can lead to ongoing ankle pain. If you have ankle pain, it could be a sign of:

  • Stress fracture
  • Ankle sprain
  • Dislocation
  • Ankle arthritis or gout
  • Overpronation
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

Diagnosing the cause of ankle pain involves undergoing a comprehensive evaluation, in addition to X-ray or ultrasound testing. The team at Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle Institute provides all of the diagnostic care you need under one roof.

When should I see a doctor for ankle pain?

Ideally, you should plan on having your ankle evaluated as soon as pain begins, since the underlying condition is likely going to progress if you don’t have it properly treated. It’s particularly important to book an exam at Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle Institute if your ankle pain is:

  • Not getting any better after several days of rest
  • Associated with swelling, bruising, or tenderness
  • Causing discomfort that’s affecting your work or sports performance


The podiatry team also encourages you to come into the clinic right away if you can’t put any weight on your ankle, or if you’re having difficulty pointing or flexing your toes. These are just some of the warning signs of injuries or conditions that truly need medical treatment.

How is ankle pain treated?

Treating ankle pain involves a multifaceted approach where your dedicated podiatrist at Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle Institute provides treatment to relieve acute pain, while simultaneously promoting healing and helping you get back to 100%. Your ankle pain treatment plan may involve:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT)
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Compression wrapping
  • Bracing or splinting
  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics


If you have a more complex ankle injury or severe deterioration from arthritis, you might need ankle surgery. Ankle surgeries from Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle Institute incorporate minimally invasive techniques to make repairs, place screws or plates, or remove damaged tissues.

The practice was even the first facility in the valley to perform Stryker Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacements (STAR™). This type of ankle replacement utilizes a mobile bearing for superior postsurgical ankle function and entirely natural results.

If you have ankle pain, find out why and get relief by booking an exam at Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle Institute. Click on the online scheduler, or call the office directly.