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Ankle Pain & Injury Specialist

Albert Giagnacova, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Next Step Foot and Ankle LLC

Albert Giagnacova, DPM

Podiatrist located in Philadelphia, PA & Morrisville, PA

If you have ankle pain, it may be caused by any of a number of factors, from injury to arthritis. At Next Step Foot & Ankle in Philadelphia and Morrisville, Dr. Albert Giagnacova, DPM, is dedicated to finding the root cause of your ankle pain and helping you determine the best course of treatment. Ankle pain impacts how you walk and move and can have an adverse effect on your overall quality of life, but the right treatments from Dr. Giagnacova will alleviate your pain and improve your functionality. Call or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.

Ankle Pain & Injury Q & A

What causes ankle pain?

Your ankle is made up of tendons, muscles, ligaments, and bones, and is strong enough to bear your body weight and enable you to move and function. You might experience pain on either the outside or inside of your ankle, or along the Achilles tendon.

Inflammation is one of the leading causes of ankle pain, and many injuries and medical conditions result in inflammation and pain, including:


When the stronger ligaments that support your ankle tear and overstretch, it’s called an ankle sprain. Ankle sprains occur in people of all ages and are fairly common. Repeated ankle sprains may cause long-term complications such as chronic ankle pain, arthritis, and instability.


An ankle strain is a tear, twist, or pull of a tendon or muscle in your ankle. An acute strain occurs suddenly, while a chronic strain develops over several days or even weeks. You might have trouble moving your ankle and feel pain, cramping, swelling, and weakness.

Other common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Some form of trauma or injury from a fall
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Gout
  • Stress fracture
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Twisting your foot

If you have swelling and severe pain, a deformity or open wound, or signs of infection and can’t put weight on your foot, you should make an appointment at Next Step Foot & Ankle right away.

How is ankle pain treated?

The right treatments for your ankle pain depend on its cause. After Dr. Giagnacova obtains an accurate diagnosis, he might recommend:

  • Topical or oral pain relievers
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Regular appropriate exercise and physical therapy
  • Optimal nutrition
  • Custom orthotics

In addition to these steps, to further ease your ankle pain at home, you can:

  • Try not to put too much weight on your ankle and rest frequently
  • Use a compression bandage to decrease swelling
  • Elevate your foot
  • Use over-the-counter pain medications

You could also try placing an ice pack on your ankle three times a day for 15 minutes to decrease inflammation and swelling.

What are the benefits of podiatric care for ankle pain and injuries?

Working with a skilled podiatrist like Dr. Giagnacova can help you to:

  • Alleviate your ankle pain and decrease inflammation
  • Obtain valuable medical care, support, and guidance from a medical provider trained in podiatry and the foot and ankle
  • Get to the root cause of your problem and access orthotic devices and effective treatments

If you’re experiencing ankle pain or have suffered an ankle injury, call Next Step Foot & Ankle in Philadelphia or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.