Ankle pain is a common complaint that can impact people of all ages and activity levels. There are numerous factors that can contribute to ankle discomfort. One common cause is injury, such as sprains or strains, which can result from a fall, twist, or overexertion during physical activities. Arthritis is another prevalent reason for ankle pain, particularly in older individuals. Conditions such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis can lead to joint inflammation and discomfort. Overuse and repetitive stress on the ankle joint, often seen in athletes, can result in pain or conditions like Achilles tendonitis. Other potential causes can include underlying medical conditions, such as gout, nerve compression, or circulatory issues. Footwear choices and improper gait can also contribute to the development of ankle pain. Proper diagnosis and management of ankle pain are vital, as the appropriate treatment plan will depend on identifying the specific cause. If you have ankle pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can determine what the cause is, and offer appropriate relief and treatment options.
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 Dr. Jeffrey J. Betman & Associates . 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 offices located in Northwest Chicago, Southwest Chicago, and Wicker Park, Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.