February 4th, 2019 by LOC Team
Most commonly, ankle pain is caused by a sprained ankle. A sprain can occur when your ankle gives way and is forced into a rolling motion. When this occurs, the ligaments and tendons in the ankle can become damaged which causes swelling and pain. A sprained ankle is typically nothing to worry about, although it can be quite painful, your ankle should heal on its own in a few weeks. To speed up your recovery time after you’ve sprained your ankle, you can try the RICE method.
RICE stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation. Rest your ankle, apply ice for 15 minutes three times a day, use bandages to help support your ankle and keep your ankle above your heart using pillows. By doing all of this, it can speed up your recovery time from a sprained ankle and many other conditions responsible for ankle pain.
Other conditions responsible for ankle pain
The ankle is a very complex thing with a lot of ligaments, tendons, muscles and bones, and so, there are many injuries that can affect the ankle. For example, ankle instability is a common ankle condition. This typically occurs following another injury to your ankle, like the sprain we discussed above. If you damaged your ligaments or tenons quite severely when you sprain your ankle, you may find that it is now weaker. This is because these structures help keep your ankle working as it should. So, if they become damaged, they can’t do their job as well and therefore your ankle will not be as stable. Depending on how badly you have damaged your ligaments or tendons, you may need to have surgery to correct it. However, in some cases, ankle instability will disappear with a few non-surgical treatments.
The ankle can also be affected by conditions like osteoarthritis. As we use our ankles all day every day, ankles are prone to arthritis. This can cause ankle pain and quite a lot of discomfort. As you may know, there’s currently no cure for osteoarthritis, but there are plenty of treatments for it that help you manage the pain. So, if you think you have arthritis in your ankle, get in touch. There’s plenty that we can do for your ankle and help you live without pain for a very long time.
Other ankle conditions that cause pain include:
- Achilles tendon ruptures
- Ankle fractures
- Tendon injuries
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome (the ankle’s version of carpal tunnel syndrome)
Treatments for ankle pain
The treatments that you receive for your ankle pain depend greatly on what’s causing your ankle pain. Diagnosis is vital in finding the underlying cause of ankle pain. Once this cause is found, a treatment plan can be created and we can get you back on your feet. Most ankle pain cases can be solved quickly as long as a diagnosis can be found.
So, if you are suffering from ankle pain, get in touch. Our experts can take a look at your ankle and find out what’s causing your ankle pain. We can then create a treatment plan and help you get back on your feet.