15 diseases that make the ankle sore (Part 3)

Achilles heel tendonitis

This is a condition where the tendon connecting the heel bone with the calf muscles works too hard, causing the tendon to swell up, not only causing pain but also affecting the ability to move the leg.

The back of your ankle may swell or feel soft and warm just above your heel. You may notice it most clearly in the morning or after exercising.

Anti-inflammatory medications may reduce pain, but it’s best to rest. You can do leg stretching and heel lifting, but follow your doctor’s instructions. If scar tissue causes problems later, you may need surgery.

Lupus

This autoimmune disease causes the body to attack healthy tissues. It can directly affect the ankle or cause kidney problems leading to a buildup of fluid in the joint.

There is no cure for lupus, but you may be prescribed medication to control it. A healthy diet and regular exercise can also help with disease control.

Chronic lateral ankle pain

There are many possible causes of persistent pain outside of the ankle. It is most likely because the ligament does not heal properly after a sprain and is still weak. This makes the whole joint less stable and leads to more damage and more pain.

The treatment depends on the cause. It will probably involve rest mode and special exercises to strengthen weak tissues.

Injury to the leg bone joints

An unexpected injury such as a sprain can damage the cartilage on the collarbone (heel bone) or cause fractures, blisters or sores in the underlying bone. Treatment depends on the type, but you can bandage to keep your ankle in place and use crutches to reduce weight on the leg. Also you can practice physiotherapy exercises support.

Scleroderma

This condition thickens your skin and connective tissue. When it affects the tissues surrounding joints, you may feel pain and stiffness. Besides, it can weaken your muscles, as well as cause digestive, kidney, and heart problems. Treatment depends on your symptoms, may vary. There is no cure, but doctors can help you treat heart, kidney, skin, lung, dental and intestinal problems associated with the disease.

Infection

If you are sick, tired, and have a fever along with ankle pain, your ankle could become infected. Joints may be swollen, warm, and red.

Your doctor may use a needle to remove fluid from your ankle to drain or check the cause. The doctor will give you antibiotics to kill the bacteria. Viruses or fungi can also infect your joints, but this is quite rare.

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