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Different Types of Ankle Pain

Monday, 23 July 2018 00:00

Research has shown that there are numerous forms of ankle pain. These can range from sprains to the painful condition known as arthritis. An ankle sprain is the most common cause of ankle pain. This typically occurs when the foot rolls and may cause the ankle to curve toward the ground. Falling is generally the reason most people sprain their ankle, and this may cause the ligaments to tear or stretch. Other types of ankle pain may include the uncomfortable condition that is referred to as gout. This is a result of an excess of uric acid that builds up in the bloodstream, causing crystals to form in the joints of the foot. Additionally, if the tendons in the ankle become inflamed or irritated, you may experience tendinitis. Another painful condition known as bursitis, occurs when small sacs filled with fluid form around the joints, which may often produce considerable discomfort. It is is advised to seek the counsel of a podiatrist if you are afflicted with any type of ankle pain.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Michael D. Garvin from Florida. 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 Port St. Lucie, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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