Patient Education: Diagnosis of symptoms

Diagnosing Pain

Your surgeon will evaluate your health history, perform a physical examination, and take x-rays to diagnose your foot/ankle pain. They may ask you questions about how it started, when you first noticed it, how it affects you, and what you may (or may not) have done to make it feel better or worse.

Any of the following may be important to your diagnosis:

  • Medical history
  • Symptoms
  • Health
  • Activity
  • Examine affected joint
  • Range of motion tests
  • Joint-line tenderness
  • Joint deformities
  • X-rays or MRI

An x-ray may help your surgeon diagnose your pain.

There are many possible causes of pain in the foot and ankle. Diagnosis of these problems often requires a thorough examination by a trained specialist. Whatever the diagnosis, your doctor will help you choose the treatment option that will work best for you.

If non-surgical treatments such as diet, exercise, medications, supplements, and physical therapy fail, your orthopedic surgeon may recommend a surgical solution.

You should discuss your condition and treatment options with your surgeon.

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