Foot & Ankle Pain

Foot and ankle pain can feel crippling, preventing you from staying active or completing daily tasks. At Littleton Foot and Ankle Clinic, PLLC, in Littleton, Colorado, board-certified podiatrist Alfred Kwon, DPM, and his expert staff treat foot and ankle pain to restore musculoskeletal functioning and your quality of life. Call the office to request an appointment or schedule one online today.

Foot & Ankle Pain Q & A

What is foot and ankle pain?

Foot and ankle pain includes mild, moderate, or severe discomfort in one or more areas of your lower extremities. You might have pain because of a disease or injury to bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, or other soft tissues. The experts at Littleton Foot and Ankle Clinic find the source of foot and ankle pain to get you on the road to recovery.

What are the symptoms of foot and ankle pain?

Common symptoms you may notice with foot and ankle pain include:

  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Bruising
  • Difficulty walking
  • Sharp discomfort
  • Throbbing pain
  • Mild aching
  • Pain with movement
  • Discomfort while walking
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Burning pain

Your discomfort could be mild and respond to home remedies. If the pain doesn’t subside or is severe, see Dr. Kwon for an evaluation.

What are the risk factors for foot and ankle pain?

Common causes and risk factors for foot and ankle discomfort include:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Playing sports
  • Running, cutting, or jumping
  • Overtraining
  • Improper sports training
  • Car accident injuries
  • Work-related injuries
  • Open wounds
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bunions
  • Ankle sprains
  • Hammertoe
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Diabetic foot problems
  • Nerve damage
  • Fractures
  • Soft tissue injuries

Finding the source of your pain allows Dr. Kwon to develop a treatment that relieves discomfort and prevents future problems.  

How does my doctor diagnose the cause of foot and ankle pain?

To find the source of foot and ankle pain, Dr. Kwon reviews your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history. He examines your feet and ankles and may order blood tests, nerve tests, X-rays, or other imaging procedures before tailoring a treatment plan.

How is foot and ankle pain treated?

Common treatments for foot and ankle pain include:

Home remedies:

Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) and wearing a brace, boot, or cast are steps you can take at home to heal from foot or ankle injury.

Physical therapy:

Physical therapy exercises and stretches stimulate your body’s ability to heal and reduce the risk of future foot and ankle injuries.

Custom orthotics:

Littleton Foot and Ankle Clinic offers custom orthotics (shoe inserts) to treat the underlying cause of foot and ankle pain without invasive procedures.

Wound care:

Dr. Kwon treats non-healing wounds to speed up healing, reduce pain, and diminish the risk of infections and other complications.


Injections help reduce swelling and discomfort in your feet or ankles. They also speed up healing.

Shockwave therapy :

Extracorporeal pulse activation technology (EPAT) shockwave therapy is a noninvasive and painless treatment that emits acoustic waves into foot and ankle tissues to promote natural healing and cell regeneration.


If you have a severe ankle or foot injury, Dr. Kwon offers surgery to repair, remove, or replace damaged tissues and fully restore foot and ankle structures.

To get treated, call the Littleton Foot and Ankle Clinic or request an appointment online today.

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