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What Can Cause Ankle Pain?

Monday, 30 December 2019 00:00

Ankle pain can begin for a variety of reasons. These can include medical conditions such as arthritis, sudden injuries, or gradual pain from a stress fracture. A common cause of this type of pain can be an ankle sprain. This can happen when the ankle rolls toward the ground, possibly tearing ligaments and tendons that connect the bones. Additionally, ankle pain can be caused by the arthritic condition that is known as gout, and can produce symptoms that can include swelling, redness, and extreme pain and discomfort. Patients who have ankle pain may find moderate relief when the affected foot is elevated. A consultation with a podiatrist is strongly advised who can properly diagnose and treat this condition if you have ankle pain for any reason.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Richard T. Bauer from Summit Foot & Ankle. Our doctor 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.

Causes

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
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

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.

Diagnosis

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.

Treatment

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 office located in Latham, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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