The human ankle is under a tremendous amount of strain and pressure on a daily basis. If you are experiencing ankle pain, it could be happening for any number of reasons. Whether you have a minor ankle injury or there is a chronic medical condition like arthritis, you will find that working with a podiatrist will always get you the best care.
Pain in the ankle can come from injuries to the muscles, soft tissues, and bones that support the ankle itself. The pain can vary depending on the cause, which may include a dull ache or a pain that is sharp and intense. There could also be notable swelling all around the ankle bone area.
If you have a minor injury like a sprain or strain of the ankle, this is often a very common cause of pain. Most people have the ability to treat these minor injuries while resting at home. However, you should always see a podiatrist if you suspect that there is anything else going on, including suspected medical conditions that may be the cause. For instance, there could have been an injury to the Achilles Tendon that is bringing on the pain and discomfort that you are feeling.
Achilles Tendon Rupture
Connecting the heel bone and calf muscle, the Achilles Tendon is a durable band of tissue, which can rupture or tear during a fall, overstretching, exercising, or running. There are also some medications like certain antibiotics or corticosteroids that may increase the chances of a tendon rupturing.
Know the Symptoms:
- Issues standing on your tiptoes
- Issues walking up a flight of stairs
- Reduced range of motion
- Snapping or popping sensation in your ankle
- Swelling that comes on around the back of your ankle or leg
Unfortunately, many of the cases where a patient is diagnosed with an Achilles Tendon rupture will call for surgical intervention to correct it.
Ankle Fractures, Sprains, and Strains
Ankle injuries can happen at any time, and they include things like ankle fractures, ankle sprains, and ankle strains.
With a fracture, one or more bones like the tibia or fibula can break into smaller pieces. The symptoms include:
- Swelling around the ankle
- Radiating pain through the lower portion of the leg
- Injury site blisters
- Issues walking or moving the foot
With a sprain or strain, this is a type of soft tissue damage that can bring on discomfort and pain, depending on the severity. Symptoms for a sprain or strain may include:
- Snapping or popping sounds
- Ankle joint instability
Of course, there are many other reasons why you could be dealing with ankle pain, including:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Flatfoot Disorder
Whenever you suspect one or more of these conditions, it is best to talk with a podiatrist. You will have an evaluation to determine the cause of the pain or discomfort you are experiencing, followed by a detailed treatment plan. Here at Mill Creek Foot & Ankle Clinic, we have a staff dedicated to helping you heal from your ankle pain and making sure that you are able to put your best foot forward.