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Tips for Reducing Ankle Pain

Is your ankle aching? Ankle pain can have a variety of causes, including a slight sprain or osteoarthritis. If you suspect a slight sprain, you may find relief by using the RICE method. RICE is an acronym that stands for rest, ice, compress, and elevate. Rest your ankle by avoiding putting weight on it. Ice your ankle with an ice pack for 20 minutes. Compress your ankle by wrapping it with an elastic or tensor bandage. Elevate your ankle by propping it up with a pillow so that it is raised higher than your knees. If you suspect osteoarthritis, then keeping your joint mobile may be the best course of action. Loosen up the joint by doing mobility exercises such as ankle circles, moving your ankle up-down and side-to-side, and doing toe raises. To get an accurate assessment of what is causing your ankle pain and how to treat it, it is recommended that you consult with a podiatrist. 

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from The Podiatry Center, PC. Our doctors 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 office located in Millburn, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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