7 Common Causes of Ankle Pain

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Your foot and ankle are amazing but sometimes fragile feats of engineering that are made up of many bones, tendons, ligaments and other tissues so they can become diseased, injured or even broken. Ankle pain and discomfort can actually radiate from injuries and diseases that occur in other parts of the foot making the precise cause difficult to pinpoint without your foot doctor’s expert evaluation. 

7 common causes of ankle pain include the following: 

  1. Sprain

  2. Achilles tendonitis

  3. Acute or stress fractures

  4. Bursitis

  5. Gout

  6. Various types of arthritis

  7. Plantar fasciitis 

Initial treatment of foot and ankle injuries that are not too severe consists of the RICE protocol:

  • Rest—Stop bearing weight on the affected foot and lie down with your foot up.

  • Icing—Apply an ice pack to reduce swelling several times a day for ten minutes each time.

  • Compression—You can wrap the ankle with a compression bandage to help reduce swelling and prevent additional movement.

  • Elevation—Keep your foot above the level of your heart by resting on a pillow. This will also help to drain fluid and reduce swelling. 

Over-the-counter pain relievers like Ibuprofen, Tylenol, or Aleve can be taken to reduce pain and decrease swelling. If symptoms do not subside after a couple of days, you may have a more serious injury that requires further evaluation and treatment from your foot care professional. MLS laser therapy is an excellent cutting edge treatment for foot and ankle pain. 

If you are experiencing pain and discomfort in your ankles see your foot doctor to determine the precise cause and to receive the proper treatment. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155.