Ankle pain can come in a variety of forms. Whether due to arthritis, tendonitis, or traumatic injury, ankle pain can set you back and make something as simple as walking a difficult and painful chore. That’s why our experts at the Foot and Ankle Surgery Center of Excellence are here to help. You don’t have to live with ankle pain. Contact us today at 888.225.0763 to set up a consultation.

Sprains

Ankle sprains are the most common causes of ankle pain. These occur when the ligaments of the ankle are stretched beyond their normal range. The result of being overstretched is a tear in the ligament. This tear may be either partial or complete, depending on the severity of the sprain. Common treatments for ankle sprains include rest, ice, elevation, protective braces, anti-inflammatory drugs, and elastic compression wraps. An easy way to remember the steps to take after a sprain is with the acronym “RICE” – Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

Achilles Tendonitis

The Achilles tendon is the tendon that stretches from the heel bone to the back of the ankle. It is what allows us to point our toes. Tendonitis of the Achilles tendon comes from overuse. It results in small tears that lead to pain, stiffness, and swelling. The area may also feel painful or warm to touch. Treatments for ankle pain due to Achilles tendonitis include ice, rest, protect footwear, anti-inflammatory drugs, and surgery.

Fractures

A fracture, or break, is another common cause of ankle pain. Ankle fractures are typically the cause of an injury or accident. Athletes commonly experience ankle fractures, but they may also happen to people who slip on ice or experience a sharp blow to the ankle. Symptoms of an ankle fracture include pain, inability to move the joint, and inability to bear weight. Treatment for an ankle fracture ranges from immobilization to broken ankle surgery, depending on the severity of the break.

Other Ankle Pain Causes

Stress fracture and arthritis are two other potential causes of ankle pain. Stress fractures are small cracks that occur in the bone over a longer period of time than a regular fracture. These often happen when the muscles become fatigued and unable to absorb weight adequately.

Arthritis of the ankle can occur in a number of forms, include rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of swelling that occurs in the joints. It often causes stiffness and decreased range of motion. Osteoarthritis refers to the gradual wearing away of joint cartilage that occurs as we age. For this reason it is most common in those over 50. Common symptoms include ankle pain and swelling.

Contact a Los Angeles Ankle Surgeon

Do you suffer from ankle pain due to sprains, tendonitis, fractures, or some other condition? The ankle experts at the Foot and Ankle Center of Excellence can help. They specialize in treating a broad variety of foot and ankle problems. Don’t hesitate to contact us today to set up your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!