Do you suffer from ankle and back of foot pain?

Pain in the ankle and back of the foot can occur in one or both feet.

Understanding the pain you feel

Ankle and back of the foot pain can be due to a sprain. The injury to ligaments caused by the sprain can make the ankle unstable or cause swelling and bruising. It is sometimes difficult to bear any weight on the ankle or the back of the foot. Shoes that do not fit correctly are another fact that may contribute to ankle and back of the foot pain. You are at higher risk to have ankle and back of the foot pain, if you are elderly or overweight.

Possible Causes of your ankle and back of foot pain

Your ankle and back of the foot pain may not have a single specific cause. There are several types of arthritis that could cause this pain. It is possible that you may have more than one cause of the pain you have in your ankle and back of the foot. Possible causes could be:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • A Bone Spur
  • Sprains
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis

What can you do to ease the pain?

It is a good idea to rest your ankle and foot to reduce the pain and discomfort. Apply ice to reduce any swelling that you may have. You should elevate the foot with ankle and back of the foot pain. Take over-the-counter pain medicines as directed. If it does not get better in a few days, or the pain persists or worsens, contact your health care professional.

Preparing to Discuss your Symptoms with your Health Care Professional

Your health professional will perform a physical examination paying particular attention to your ankles and feet. You might be asked these questions:

  • Are both feet affected?
  • If the pain is in both feet, is the pain at the same intensity?
  • Did the pain come on suddenly or did it develop over a period of time
  • Does your ankle feel warm to the touch?
  • Can you bear weight on your foot or feet comfortably?
  • Do you have diabetes?
  • Did the pain start after an injury?

Are you ready for a consultation? Contact one of our offices. We will schedule an appointment and help you ease the pain that you are experiencing.