Ankle Pain: Common Causes and Treatments

By Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC
October 29, 2018
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: ankle pain  

It’s important that you never ignore ankle pain

Is your ankle hurting and you're unsure why? Well, you’ve come to the right place! After all, there are many issues that could be causing your ankle pain and it’s important that you get to the bottom of the problem so that you can allow it to heal properly. Read below to learn more about ankle pain and find out when it’s time to visit our Stafford, VA, podiatrists for care.

Sprained Ankle

If you sprained your ankle, you have overstretched or even torn the ligaments that are attached to the anklebones. Along with pain you may also notice bruising or swelling around the ankle. In some cases, you might not be able to put weight on the foot without it causing you pain.

  • How to Treat It: Sprains are minor and, as a result, usually don’t require more than simple at-home care. The best way to treat a sprained ankle is with the RICE method, which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. These treatment options will help reduce pain and inflammation which is crucial if you want the foot to heal quickly. Minor sprains often go away in a few days.

Ankle Fracture

There are three bones within the ankle. If one or more break, you will immediately notice pain, swelling, and bruising around the ankle. You may even hear an audible pop or snap the moment the fracture occurs. The ankle may be tender or it may be difficult to walk on the foot.

  • How to Treat It: Your foot doctor may give you prescription pain relievers to help manage pain. You may also have to wear a splint or cast to protect the ankle until it heals. Rest is key to making sure your ankle makes a full and swift recovery. Just like with a sprain, it’s important to follow the RICE method. Only in rare cases is surgery necessary.

Arthritis

If you are dealing with persistent pain in both ankles along with stiffness or swelling in the feet, you may be dealing with rheumatoid arthritis, an immune disorder that affects the joints. If you suspect that you might have arthritis, it’s important to visit our Stafford, VA, foot doctor right away for an evaluation.

  • How to Treat It: Even though there is no cure for arthritis, our foot and ankle specialists can provide several treatment options that can reduce the severity of your symptoms. Medications along with prescription orthotics, special exercises, physical therapy, and certain lifestyle modifications can help you manage arthritis for life.

Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia is proud to serve the Lake Ridge and Stafford, VA, areas. If you are dealing with ankle pain, it’s important that you find out what’s going on. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with us. We are here to help.

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