There are several types of ankle disorders that people can experience. These include sprains, fractures, arthritis, and tendonitis. The function of the ankle is to stabilize the body by supporting the surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Research has shown that it is the most injured part of the body, and when hurt can negatively impact completing daily activities. An ankle sprain or fracture can happen from unexpectedly stepping off of a curb, causing the ligaments to twist beyond their normal range of motion. Additionally, ankle pain may happen from a sudden fall, with increased force on the ankle joint, often causing immediate and severe pain. There are several types of arthritis that can affect the ankle and can cause limited mobility. Osteoarthritis gradually develops, and can happen when the cartilage between the bones wears down. Having stiff joints may be the result of this type of arthritis. An autoimmune inflammatory disease can produce rheumatoid arthritis, and can attack the body’s healthy tissues. If an injury to the ankle has occurred, post-traumatic arthritis may develop from the stress, and joint stiffness may continue for years following the injury. If you have any type of ankle pain, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat ankle disorders.
Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Gabe Rodriguez, DPM from Sioux Falls Foot Specialist. 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.
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 Sioux Falls, SD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.