The ankle is the joint that attaches the foot to the leg. It has bones, ligaments, and tendons, all of which are subject to injury. Ankle pain is any pain or discomfort that affects the ankle. Common causes of ankle pain are sprains, which happen when ligaments connecting bones are injured, or a broken ankle, which is a fracture of the bones in the ankle. Depending on the severity of the ankle pain, one can rest, compress, and elevate their ankle at home and achieve relief. In some cases, one can find it necessary to visit a podiatrist for treatment, such as a cast or surgery. If you have a painful ankle and you have broken it or you are not sure why it hurts but it’s not getting better, visit a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and healing options.
Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from New Jersey Foot & Ankle 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 office located in Oradell, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.