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Joint Pain

Foot & Ankle Center of Iowa

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Ankeny serving greater Des Moines, IA

About 1 in 4 American adults suffer from joint pain on a daily basis. Over time, chronic joint pain can significantly affect your quality of life. At Foot & Ankle Center of Iowa in Ankeny, Iowa, expert podiatrists Paul Dayton, DPM, MS, and Mindi Dayton, DPM, MHA regularly work with patients to diagnose and treat the underlying causes of joint pain. To request your appointment today, call the office or click the online scheduling tool.

Joint Pain Q & A

What is joint pain?

Joint pain is a blanket term used to describe discomfort, aches, and/or soreness in any of your body’s joints. Sometimes, joint pain is a result of an illness or injury, such as an automobile accident. Other times, it’s caused by a chronic medical condition like arthritis.

No matter the source of your joint pain, if it negatively affects your mobility or your ability to participate in routine tasks such as exercise or work, it’s important to seek professional medical help.

What are the symptoms of joint pain?

Joint pain varies from person to person and depends on the underlying cause. Common telltale signs of joint pain include:

  • Joint stiffness
  • Joint swelling
  • Redness
  • Warmth
  • General irritation

If you’re suffering from joint pain, you might also have trouble putting weight on your affected foot or performing routine tasks, such as taking the dog for a walk or climbing a flight of stairs.

How is joint pain diagnosed?

To diagnose joint pain, your Foot & Ankle Center of Iowa provider conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you questions about your symptoms. They might also ask you to walk around the exam room or perform a series of in-office exercises to observe your gait and posture.

If these measures don’t provide enough information, your provider might also order a series of X-rays to get a closer look at your bones and joints.

Are there different types of joint pain?

The providers at Foot & Ankle Center of Iowa specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of several types of joint pain, including:

Big toe joint pain

Big toe joint pain occurs for a variety of reasons, including osteoarthritis, gout, and bunions. You might also experience big toe joint pain if you sprain your metatarsophalangeal joint. Another common cause of big toe joint pain is hallux rigidus. This causes pain and stiffness and makes it difficult to bend your toe.

Ankle pain

If you trip and fall or step down in an awkward way, you might twist or sprain your ankle. This can cause the ligaments that surround your ankle –– strong bands of fibrous tissue –– to overextend and develop small tears. Over time, these tears become inflamed, causing pain and discomfort.

Ankle arthritis

Arthritis is a blanket term used to describe a group of more than 100 diseases that cause your joints to swell and deteriorate. The ankle can be prone to arthritis is the foot is not positioned correctly with walking and standing, or if you have had a history of injury to your ankle. 

Foot pain

Each of your feet contains more than two dozen joints. If you develop arthritis, suffer a sports injury, or have a foot deformity like a hammertoe, you’re also at an increased risk of experiencing foot pain.

If you’re suffering from joint pain, request an appointment at Foot & Ankle Center of Iowa today by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool.