Ankle Pain

Definition

Ankle pain can range from an annoying andirritating dull ache to a severe and more intense pain.  It is frequently described as an ache or pain that is aggravated or worsened when weight is placed on the ankle.  The cause of ankle pain may be attributed to a number of potential sources.  In addition to the ache or pain being an obvious result of an ankle sprain, it can also be caused by other conditions such as arthritis, compression of a nerve, infection, or structural misalignment of the leg or foot.

For more information on ankle pain, research and read further on these recommended topics:
Old Ankle Sprains
Achilles tendon
Ankle Instability
Arthritis
Gout
Fracture
Osteoarthritis
Peroneal tendon injuries
PTTD
Talar dome lesion
Tarsal tunnel syndrome (nerve compression)

Signs and Symptoms:

Ankle pain is often accompanied by swelling, stiffness, redness, and warmth in the pained area.   As previously stated, an ankle sprain is often the cause of the pain, however, it can also be a result of ankle instability, gout, tendonitis, afracture, as well as, nerve compression (tarsal tunnel syndrome), infection and poor structural alignment of the leg or foot as mentioned above.

Diagnosis:

If ankle pain is being experienced, an appointment should be made with Dr. Westermeyer to have the ankle examined.  Continuing to try to walk on the ankle or waiting to have it examined just to see if the pain goes away or becomes more persistent or intense, only extends the discomfort and could possibly lead to other problems or an unnecessarily extended healing process.

Treatment:

Treatment methods may consist of rest, ice, elevation, and immobilization. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, may also be prescribed.   Physical therapy and cortisone injection are also methods that can be tried.  Dr. Wetermeyer can best determine the cause of the ankle pain and appropriate treatment options.