“Foot pain is never normal,” said Dan Michaels, DPM. “The longer diagnosis and treatment are delayed, the more susceptible a person is for future injuries. We might shake off a mild ankle or foot injury by icing it or resting for a few days,” he said. “If the ankle or foot is stiff in the morning or stiffens after you’ve been sitting a while, it could indicate a soft tissue injury. A constant pain as you walk or move could indicate injury to the bone.”
If your ankle or foot is injured, a podiatrist may diagnose the injury with tests such as x-rays, MRIs, or an ultrasound. Treatment options range from pain medication and physical therapy to surgical repair.