Find out what could be causing your ankle pain and what can be done to relieve it.
Ankle pain is not something to be ignored. From the office of your Sparks, NV podiatrists Dr. L. Bruce Ford and Dr. Douglas Doxey, find out what could be to blame for your ankle pain and the ideal ways to treat it.
The Causes of Ankle Pain
Unless the pain came about after an injury it can be difficult to pinpoint the actual cause. Of course if you are experiencing any new or severe pain it’s never a bad idea to see your Sparks, NV foot doctor to make sure that you know why you are in pain.
Some of the most causes of ankle pain include,
- Strains and sprains (from car accidents, sports, etc.)
- Certain diseases or conditions (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis; gout)
Ankle sprains tend to be one of the most common causes of ankle pain. Sprains may cause partial or completely torn ligaments in the ankle. The pain you experience may be sudden and severe. You may also have heard a popping sound at the time of injury. You may also notice swelling around the ankle.
If the sprain is minor it can easily be treated with more conservative measures such as:
- Resting and avoiding certain activities that could exacerbate your condition
- Elevating the foot above the heart to reduce swelling
- Icing the ankle for 15-20 minutes at a time several times a day to reduce both pain and inflammation
- Avoiding walking on the injured ankle or bearing weight
- Taking over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories
If your sprain is more serious you may need to wear a cast to immobilize the ankle until it heals, or you may even need surgery to repair the torn ligaments. Physical therapy is also a great option for patients who need to strengthen their lower leg muscles to improve their ankle health. Also, ankle dislocations caused by car accidents or other incidences are considered serious and will require surgery, too.
Ankle pain brought on by tendinitis is usually due to overuse from playing certain sports. Tendinitis causes pain, swelling and tenderness and the symptoms will often manifest very quickly. It’s important to begin treating your tendinitis right away. Many of the treatment options for tendinitis are the same ones recommended for treating sprains:
- Ice therapy
- Elevation and rest
- Over-the-counter NSAIDs
- Avoiding certain exercises or activities
- Physical therapy
- Wearing a cast or brace
Preexisting Disorders or Health Problems
Arthritis and other underlying disorders that cause ankle pain will need to be evaluated and treated by a doctor. While over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers can help, there are other treatment options that target these diseases specifically and will also reduce your ankle pain.
It’s always best to get a proper diagnosis when it comes to any foot problems. Turn to the Sparks, NV foot care experts at Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada. Call us today to schedule your next visit.