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Summer Foot & Ankle Tips From the Specialists

Summer is here and people in the Pacific Northwest are celebrating by doing various outdoors activities. Seattleites are beginning to hike, children are playing outside from morning till night, and there’s a lot of activity going on. Here at Issaquah Foot & Ankle Specialists, we enjoy our fair share of outdoors activities. We love to ski, hike, jog and swim. We have a few tips for keeping your feet and ankles healthy while doing these activities. You should always warm up before doing any physical activities. It’s good to stretch and/or slow jog for a couple of minutes before you begin your intense exercise. It’s also good to wear shoes that are good fitting. We recommend Vionic shoes. Vionic shoes are stylish, comfortable, and they have arch support to help your back. You should also avoid running on uneven slopes, because they are not good for your feet. If you feel a pain in your feet, then you should stop doing physical activities for a few days. However, if the pain does not stop, then you should consult a foot and ankle specialist. 

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Ankle pain, a general overview of causes and treatment



Ankle Pain:



There appears to be quite a few people in the general population who suffer from ankle pain.  Therefore, I thought I would dedicate a blog to reasons for ankle pain and treatment modalities availabe for chronic ankle pain.  Most of our patients are very active and want to return to activities pain free and as quickly as possible.  We have established treatment protocols for ankle pathology.

This blog will be multiple parts, here are the pathologies I anticipate covering;

1.  Ankle Sprains

2. Ankle Fractures

3. Posterior Tibial Tendonitis

4. Osteochondral Defects 

I may add a few more topics as this proceeds.  I expect some may have a few sub-catagories as well.  This will most likely take a few weeks to cover all these topics.  I hope this creates a great forum for some discusions, please post any questions or comments. 


Brandon Nelson, DPM

Associate American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons

Issaquah Foot & Ankle Specialists 


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Ankle Pain


Quite a few patients, especially runners or athletes come in with:

  • ankle pain
  • ankle pain after running
  • ankle pain without swelling

There are many reasons for ankle pain, some of the most common include a history of ankle sprains or trauma.  Trauma or sprains can often result in inflammation of the ankle joint or damage to soft tissue structures like ankle ligaments or tendons.    The anterior talar fibular ligament or peroneal tendons are often injured with sprains.

  ankle knee pain

Patiens often relate a stiffness, popping or catching of the ankle as part of there symptoms.  These can be attributed to other causes including arthritis of the ankle or damage to cartilaginous surfaces. 

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There are a variety of treatment options from conservation care to surgical reconstruction. 



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