Ankle sprains are common injuries that generally affect the anterior talofibular ligament or the calcaneofibular ligament. The severity of an ankle sprain can vary based on how the injury happened, the foot's position during the injury, and how much of the joints and its ligaments were twisted. Mild ankle sprains are classified as grades one and two and involve stretching or tiny tears in the ligaments that help stabilize the ankle. A grade three or severe ankle sprain can harm the ligaments connecting to the lower leg. It is important to treat and rehabilitate ankle sprains properly to ensure a full recovery and prevent further damage. If you have ankle pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can determine what the cause is and offer appropriate treatment options.
Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. David Ungar from Personal Foot Care. 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.
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
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
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.
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.
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 Farmington, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.