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Ankle Pain Specialist

Arash Noor, DC, CCSP, CSCS, EMT-R -  - Chiropractor

BodyPro Chiropractic & Sports Medicine

Arash Noor, DC, CCSP, CSCS, EMT-R

Chiropractor & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Los Angeles, CA

The complex construction that makes your ankles so functional is also what makes them more prone to injury. Ankle pain is most common in athletes and active young men. It’s also often seen in women over the age of 30. Ankle pain is one of the many problems that Dr. Arash Noor treats every day at BodyPro Chiropractic & Sports Medicine in Los Angeles.

Ankle Pain Q & A

What causes ankle pain?

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:

  • Damaged or inflamed tendons or cartilage
  • Bone fractures
  • Infection in the joint
  • Various types of arthritis such as osteoarthritis
  • Heel pain or injury
  • Achilles tendonitis overuse of the calf muscle

Nerve injuries, including sciatica, can also cause pain that radiates all the way down to your ankle.

Are there other symptoms to watch out for?

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.   

What’s treatment like?

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.