The ankles are complicated joints comprised of several different bones, tendons and ligaments. Together, these components facilitate movement and bear the weight of the entire body. However, ankles are also prone to conditions that cause pain and discomfort. In many cases, ankle pain goes away on its own – especially when it is the result of a minor injury. But sometimes medical intervention is necessary to relieve discomfort and restore mobility.
Did you know…
Did you know that sprains are the most common cause of ankle pain? In fact, ankle sprains are responsible for more than four out of five ankle injuries. This usually occurs when the foot rolls inward, forcing the ankle to twist toward the ground. Many people experience pain, swelling and bruising caused by tears or inflammation in the underlying ligaments. However, many ankle sprains begin to improve within one to two weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
What types of conditions cause ankle pain?
Ankle pain may be caused by one of many different conditions. Examples include arthritis, sprains, gout, bone spurs, tendonitis, and fractures. Ankle pain may also be caused by a condition known as ‘flatfeet’, in which the feet are missing arches.
When should I see an Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon about ankle pain?
You should see a doctor for any ankle pain that is severe or correlated with swelling. It is also important to schedule an appointment with your doctor if ankle pain persists for several weeks despite home treatment. For more information about ankle pain and when to seek treatment, contact our office today.
What types of treatments are available to treat ankle pain?
Treatment for ankle pain depends on the cause of symptoms. A foot examination and diagnostic imaging can reveal underlying injuries and conditions responsible for your discomfort. Depending on your diagnosis, treatment may include physical therapy, rest, compression, or the use of foot orthotics. In some cases, patients may require surgery or other treatments to find relief from ankle pain.