Ankle Pain

Ankle Pain Treatment in CT & NY

Ankle pain refers to any type of pain or discomfort a person may feel in their ankles. The pain could be caused by an injury, such as a fracture or sprain, or by a medical condition, such as arthritis and nerve damage. Depending on the cause, ankle pain can feel like sharp, shooting pain, or a dull ache.

Symptoms of Ankle Pain

Symptoms of ankle pain can include:

  • Swelling, numbness or tingling
  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Inability to bear weight on the affected ankle

Causes of Ankle Pain

Besides common ankle injuries, such as breaks and sprains, ankle pain can have a variety of causes, such as arthritis, nerve damage, tendinitis, and gout.

Arthritis

Common types of arthritis that strike in the ankle include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones wears down over time. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes joint pain and damage throughout the body.

Nerve damage

Nerve entrapment occurs when a nerve is under repeated pressure for long periods of time. The covering of the nerve starts to break down and fluid leaks into the nerve, which can cause swelling and inflammation.

Tendinitis

Tendinitis is a condition in which the tissue connecting muscle to bone becomes inflamed. Pain often occurs with activity and usually goes away with rest. Tendinitis is most often caused by sudden injury or repetition of a movement over time.

Gout

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that can develop in any joint, including the ankle. Gout forms when the body has high levels of uric acid. This acid forms urate crystals that accumulate in the joint, causing the inflammation and intense pain of a gout attack.

Treatment for Ankle Pain

Though most ankle pain can be alleviated with self-care methods, it is important to see a doctor if you are experiencing persistent swelling and pain. For severe injuries, the ankle may have to be immobilized to allow proper healing. Other injuries can be treated with physical therapy, which will strengthen the ankle and improve mobility.

At Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation of NY & CT, we offer a variety of personalized treatments to help you find relief. To learn more about which treatment is right for you, schedule an appointment today!

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