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What Can Contribute to Ankle Pain?

Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

Anyone who has experienced ankle pain is often aware of the difficulty this may cause while attempting to complete daily activities. The function of the ankle is to provide balance and stability to the body, and there are several bones, ligaments, and tendons that are found within it. Research has indicated it is the bone in the body that is injured most frequently, and it can happen from overuse, or a running injury. It can also occur while stepping off of a curb or uneven surface, which can stretch the ankle beyond its normal range of motion. It is suggested that people who enjoy participating in sporting activities perform strengthening ankle stretches and exercises, and this may help to provide proper conditioning. There may be existing medical conditions that can affect the ankle. These include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or post-traumatic arthritis. It may be difficult to put any weight on the ankle, and walking may be difficult or impossible to do. Ankle discomfort is not a normal ailment to have, and if you are experiencing this type of pain, it is strongly advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine what the source is, and treat it accordingly. 

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Edward D. Hutson from Easton, PA. . 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 offices located in Easton, and Northampton, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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