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What to Do if Your Ankle Hurts

A variety of injuries, ranging from mild strains to severe fractures, may cause ankle pain. If you find that your ankle hurts, try to rest and elevate your ankle, keeping weight off of it. Put an ice pack wrapped in a towel on the hurt ankle for up to 20 minutes every couple of hours. Wear wide, comfortable shoes. You can also wrap a bandage around your ankle to help stabilize and support it. If your ankle pain persists, gets worse, you experience tingling pain or a loss of sensation in the ankle, or if you have diabetes, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for treatment. You should see a podiatrist immediately if your ankle is misshapen, you are experiencing severe pain, you are unable to walk, or if you hear a snap, pop, or grinding noise at the time of injury. These symptoms could be indicative of a fracture, which will need medical treatment as soon as possible.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Ernest Levi, DPM from Grand Central Podiatry. Our doctor 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 New York, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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