Ankle pain is a prevalent issue that can disrupt daily life and mobility and strike anyone, from athletes to sedentary individuals. To effectively manage and alleviate ankle pain, it's essential to understand the various underlying causes. Ankle sprains, strains, and fractures can often result from sports-related accidents, falls, or missteps. These injuries can damage ligaments, tendons, or bones, leading to pain and swelling. Common sources of ankle pain include osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, and may lead to chronic ankle pain due to joint inflammation and deterioration. Additionally, nerve compression syndromes, such as tarsal tunnel syndrome, can result in ankle pain, numbness, and tingling sensations. Identifying the specific cause of ankle pain is crucial in establishing effective treatment. A suitable approach for relief may include rest, medications, and in severe cases, surgical intervention. If you have ankle pain, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose the cause and guide you toward the treatment that is right for you.
Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Centers. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.
The most common causes of ankle pain include:
- Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
- Ankle sprains
- Broken ankles
- Achilles tendinitis
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Stress fractures
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.
Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.
Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Nashville, Smyrna, Spring Hill, Columbia, Dickson, Fairview, Hohenwald, TN and the Middle Tennessee community . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.