Ankle Pain

What is Ankle Pain?

Ankle pain, while initially thought of as an issue for athletes, can affect anyone at anytime. Simple, everyday activities, such as walking or running on an uneven surface, have the possibility of causing serious harm to one’s ankle. That is, however, not to discount athletic injuries; in fact, half of all ankle sprains are inflicted during an athletic activity. The most common causes of ankle injuries include tripping or falling, landing awkwardly after jumping, a sudden impact such as a car crash, or twisting, rolling, and rotating of the ankle.

What are the signs and symptoms of Ankle Pain?

  • Swelling or inflammation
  • Tenderness to the touch
  • Stiffness or reduced range of motion
  • Bruising or redness
  • Pain when bearing weight on the affected ankle
  • Instability in the ankle

Ankle Pain FAQ

While minor ankle pain from sprains or strains often heals with rest and home care, persistent or severe pain requires medical evaluation to prevent complications and ensure proper healing.

Treatment depends on the cause but may include rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE method), physical therapy, medications for pain and inflammation, and in severe cases, surgery.

In some cases, ankle pain can indicate a more serious condition, such as a fracture or severe ligament injury. Sudden, severe pain, especially following an injury, warrants immediate medical evaluation.

Seek medical attention if the pain is severe, if there’s significant swelling, redness, or bruising, if you can’t bear weight on the ankle, or if symptoms don’t improve with home treatment.

For a proper diagnosis and recommended treatment plan, we suggest you consult with a podiatrist for professional help and care.