Ankle pain is most often caused by a sprain, which usually the result of an ankle twisting inward, causing small tears in the ligaments. Sprained ankles are tender and can’t bear too much weight. Other causes of ankle pain include:
Nerve injuries, including sciatica, can also cause pain that radiates all the way down to your ankle.
In addition to the pain they cause, ankle injuries may show signs of swelling, inflammation, bruising, and redness. Because even slight ankle pain or discomfort can make it hard to walk, it’s important to stay off your feet so you don’t exacerbate the problem. Anytime you have moderate to severe ankle pain, seek medical care as soon as possible.
Although ankle pain treatment depends on the root cause, it usually involves resting your ankle for several days and keeping weight off it. You may need to use pillows to keep your foot elevated above the level of your heart when you’re sitting and sleeping, and ice your ankle intermittently for the first few days. Even after the inflammation and pain begin to improve, you may still need to keep weight of your ankle for a while longer. Once your ankle has healed and the pain is mostly gone, it’s time to focus on full recovery. Injury leaves your ankle weaker and less stable than it was before, so rehabilitative exercises that will strengthen your ankle and improve your balance and agility are a must. Dr. Noor can design a rehabilitation program that will get you back on your feet and keep you there.
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