Ankle pain is a very common problem and there are many possible causes for this condition. It is important to see a doctor – such as a foot specialist or orthopedic specialist – for an accurate diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan.
Causes of ankle pain
Arthritis is less common in the ankles than in other joints, but can cause ankle pain. Ankle cartilage can be torn and often painful. OA is most common in patients with rheumatoid arthritis or in patients who have had ankle injuries. Anterior touch is a special area of the joint that is vulnerable as a result of the formation of bone spines.
Sprained ankle causes tendon damage around the ankle. Sprains can cause significant ankle pain, as well as cause swelling and a feeling of joint difficulty. High ankle sprain is a special type of ligament injury in the ankle. In a high ankle sprain, the top ligament of the joint is injured. The treatment for a high ankle sprain is also different from a normal ankle bubble.
Ligament inflammation can occur in any ligament around the joint and causes ankle pain. Ligamentitis occurs when the ligaments, the joint between the muscle and bone are stimulated and inflamed. Post-tendonitis ligament causes pain in the inner part of the joint and, if left untreated, can lead to major walking problems. Achilles tendonitis causes ankle pain behind the joints. This is the most common type of tendonitis around the ankle joint.
Ankle fracture: Ankle fracture is a common type of fracture. There are many different types of ankle fractures, and each has to be individually treated. Some ankle fractures can be treated similarly to sprains, while others require surgery.
The articular cartilage of the ankle is vulnerable if the ankle sprain stretches, fractures or another type of traumatic injury. Cartilage injury may only occur in a localized area or spread causing inflammation of the entire ankle.
Gout is a rare cause of ankle pain. However, in patients with a diagnosis of gout, it must be considered as the cause of ankle pain.
If you are unsure of the cause of your ankle pain or if you do not know the specific treatment recommendations for your condition, seek medical attention. Treatment for ankle pain should directly affect the cause of ankle pain. Some signs that you should see a doctor include:
- Unable to walk comfortably on the affected leg
- Injury causes deformation around the joint
- Ankle pain occurs at night or when resting
- Painful ankle pain lasts more than a few days
- Inability to bend the ankles
- Swelling in the joints or calf areas
- Signs of infection, including fever, redness and/or warm skin
- Any other abnormal symptoms