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Causes of Ankle Pain

Monday, 04 February 2019 00:00

There are numerous bones that are located in the foot, in addition to several ligaments, tendons, and muscles. If an injury should occur, the ankle may endure damage which happens to the bones or tendons. If you unexpectedly step off a curb, you may have incurred an ankle sprain or fracture, and this is frequently accompanied by sudden pain and discomfort, including difficulty in walking. Ankle sprains may occur above or below the ankle, and may be common among athletes. Tendonitis is another type of ankle pain, and may occur if frequent running is pursued on uneven surfaces. An additional source of pain may originate from arthritis, and this may be the result of a loss of cartilage which may cause the bones to rub together. If you have any type of ankle pain, it is advised to seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly treat any discomfort you may have.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Peter C. Smith from Lancaster Podiatry. 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 Lancaster, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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