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Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist)
Antonella Cella, DPM

First, the reason for the ankle pain has to be determined. Acupuncture will not help with ankle pain, it may soothe some of the symptoms temporarily but you must keep in mind, that if there is ankle pain, there is a valid reason. See a podiatrist who will assess the situation, take X-rays and send you for an MRI.

You should probably see a doctor when you get a chance because you may have a fracture of the bone and the nail may have to be removed. For now, all you can do is to continue what you're doing and soaking in epson salt and lukewarm water

Yes, you need anesthesia if you are having ankle surgery. Usually it is general anesthesia.


It depends what type of bone spur you are talking about. If it is a bone spur under your heel and a plantar fasciotomy is performed as well, you should recover and be back in your shoes in 3 weeks. If the spur is on the back of your heel where the Achilles Tendon is, then it would require 6 to 8 weeks to recover.

This is not a simple question, but I am going to try to answer as best as I can. The only reason to have ankle surgery is if you had trauma where you tore your ligaments or your tendons. Another reason would be because you have an unstable ankle and you are chronically spraining your ankle. I hope this answers your question.

I never have my patients wait after toenail surgery. I do the procedure and I tell them to take it off (the bandage) that night. Then I tell them to set their foot in epson salt and water for 10 minutes.

You should be able to walk after hammertoe surgery immediately as long as you wear a surgical shoe. If you have a pin, the pins are usually removed 4 to 6 weeks depending on where they are placed, and again, you can still walk with a surgical shoe for that time period.

You need to see your doctors so they can take another X-ray and they will be able to tell you if the fractures healed. That is the only way to know that a fracture is healed.

If you have a good ankle surgeon, you can pretty much do anything you want after surgery. If you're talking about total ankle implant, you are limited. You cannot do jumping or excessive activity.

It is normal to still have pain after ankle surgery due to the fact that it is a big surgery that requires opening of the entire ankle and there's a lot of scar tissue and the body needs to heal properly

Yes you will definitely be able to bend your toe after bunion surgery. The important thing is you find a good surgeon to do the surgery. Unfortunately there are many out there who blotch the surgery and people do end up with the toe that does not function. Make sure to do your research, look at all reviews, and when you choose the correct physician you will have a very good outcome and will be happy. I have been practicing for 20 years and all of my patients are able to move their toe and women are able to wear high heels. All my patients are able to do all the things they weren't able to do before surgery.

Depending on your fracture, you were placed in a below knee cast or a walking boot. If this is the case, and then were given an ankle brace, then the brace is to be worn for 2 to 4 weeks.

You should be seen and examined. An MRI may be necessary to help diagnose.

From the picture, it looks like you have something called metatarsalgia. You may need custom orthotics, injections.

No, a broken big toe cannot cause varicose veins, but if you has an intra-articular fracture, meaning a break in the joint, then you could get osteoarthritis secondary to the trauma.

Hi, Ankle pain after surgery could mean a lot of things. I suggest getting an MRI and X-rays to assess the situation. The reason I am saying this is because you should NOT be having pain after ankle surgery. The whole point of a surgery to the ankle is to stabilize and to make you pain free. So, if you are experiencing this you need to see if there's something else underlying, if the surgery was unsuccessful, or simply you may need more physical therapy. I hope this helps.

This could be a multitude of things. X-rays need to be taken, blood work done, and then you could be better evaluated.

Difficult to see image, but if I am looking at it correctly, I believe it is a small fracture, but again, image is fuzzy.

Unfortunately it cannot be cured without surgery, but it can be maintained with little to no pain with conservative treatments.