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Ankle Pain Specialist

Fort Hamilton Foot Care

Podiatrist & Surgeon located in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, NY

Ankle pain can come from many different sources making it difficult to walk. At Fort Hamilton Foot Care, Dr. Montalvo helps patients in the Dyker Heights area of Brooklyn, NY with treatments for a variety of ankle pain causes to provide relief so patients can get back to their day-to-day activities.

Ankle Pain Q & A

What is an ankle sprain?

When the ligaments in the ankle stretch beyond their capacity, or tear, it is referred to as an ankle sprain. This type of injury most often comes as response to a sudden or forceful twisting of the ankle. Sprains are ranked in grades, I, II, and III, with grade I being less severe and grade III being a complete tear.

What is an ankle fracture?

An ankle fracture involves a complete break in one or all of the three bones that connect the ankle: the fibula, tibia, and talus. Ankle fractures can be mild to severe, where the most severe breaks involve the ankle bone being shattered or if it protrudes through the skin. These types of breaks will require surgery to repair.

What is Achilles tendinitis?

Achilles tendinitis is a degeneration of the tendon that causes inflammation and pain within the Achilles tendon. It can be associated with repetitive activities such as running and jumping, wearing improper footwear, or with the aging process.

What types of arthritis affect the ankle?

Arthritis in the ankle is the result of inflammation in the small joints that makeup the foot and ankle structure. There are more than 100 forms of arthritis, those related to ankle arthritis include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and posttraumatic arthritis.

What treatment options are available?

Treatment for ankle pain will depend on the underlying condition causing the pain. Conservative treatment includes the RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. This acts to bring down any swelling and inflammation that may be present. If the ankle needs to be reset, or immobilized, a splint or cast may be used. In the event surgery is needed your doctor will first get an x-ray of the ankle. From there your doctor will discuss the best option for you and your present circumstances, including weighing the pros and cons of each service.


Major Insurance Providers Accepted. Aetna accepted (out of pocket). Please contact our office for more information about insurances or if you do not see your insurance listed. Financing is available for cash patients.

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