Having ankle pain is a good indicator that an injury has happened to the ankle bone or the surrounding joints. The ankle is in the perfect position where the foot bones and leg connect. There are three joints in the ankle, and each has a function. These functions include providing stability to hold the body’s weight, moving the body forward while walking or running, and providing shock absorption for daily movements. Common symptoms that can accompany ankle pain is the inability to walk, swelling, and the ankle can have a throbbing or tingling sensation. The pain from an Achilles tendon injury may travel to the ankle and can make it difficult to complete daily activities. Additional reasons why ankle pain occurs include having arthritis, bursitis, edema, or an ankle fracture. Many times, there is a distinctive reason why ankle pain exists, so it is strongly suggested that a podiatrist be consulted who can perform a proper diagnosis and treat your ankle pain.
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 Podiatry Center of Idaho . 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 office located in Boise, ID . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.