Ankle Pain Specialist

Ernest S Levi, DPM -  - Podiatry

Grand Central Podiatry

Ernest S Levi, DPM

Podiatry located in Midtown East, New York, NY

Ernest Levi, DPM, of Grand Central Podiatry, in the Midtown East neighborhood of Manhattan, has over 30 years of experience and uses the most advanced type of orthotic devices available for foot and ankle pain. Renowned for his expertise and conservative approach, Dr. Levi treats patients with ankle pain throughout New York City. Schedule an appointment by phone or online today to learn more about ankle pain treatment options.

Ankle Pain Q&A

What are the most common injuries that cause ankle pain?

Ankle sprains

Sprains can occur when your foot accidentally twists or rolls in an unnatural position, causing one or more of the ligaments located on the outside of your ankle to stretch or tear. Ankle sprains are extremely common. In fact, an estimated 25,000 Americans suffer a sprained ankle every day. It is also one of the most common sports injuries. Once an ankle has been sprained, it is more susceptible to being sprained again.

High ankle sprains

This occurs when the ligaments located above the ankle that connect the two bones of the lower leg (the tibia and the fibula) are stretched or torn. A high ankle sprain is significantly less common than a traditional ankle sprain. Ironically, a high ankle sprain generally does not cause as much swelling or bruising as a traditional sprain, yet takes significantly longer to heal (6 or 7 weeks compared to several days).

Ankle fractures 

These are any breaks in one or more of the three bones of the ankle. Ankle fractures generally take 6-8 weeks to heal.

Achilles tendinitis 

This is an injury caused by overuse of the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscle to the heel bone.

How can I prevent an ankle injury?

Dr. Levi offers the following tips to prevent ankle injuries:

Warm up

Make sure to properly stretch muscles before participating in any sports activity.

Wear proper footwear

Always wear appropriate footwear, specific to the sport you are participating in. When not participating in sports, proper-fitting footwear is also key. High heels, in particular, should be worn minimally and with caution, as they are responsible for numerous ankle injuries.

Avoid uneven surfaces

Do not run on uneven surfaces.

What types of medical conditions cause ankle pain?

Several forms of arthritis can cause swelling, pain, and stiffness of the ankle. Gout is among the most painful types of arthritis that can affect the ankle, and often the joint of the big toe. Gout can cause your ankle to become hot, swollen, and intolerable to bearing weight.