Numerous things can cause pain in one or both ankles. When you consider the daily strains placed on this relatively small area of the human body, it’s a wonder ankle pain isn’t more common.
Some of the factors that can cause or contribue to ankle pain include:
As you can see, some of these factors are within your control, though many are not. If you experience ankle pain that is severe or doesn’t improve after a day or two of self-care, call Ankle and Foot Institute of Texas to set up a diagnostic visit.
The first step in treating ankle pain is determining the source of your symptoms. Advanced imaging and a thorough physical exam are great starting points, and you might also need blood testing.
There are numerous ways to address ankle pain. Some options involve stabilizing the joint using braces, splints, or casting to give your body a chance to heal. Orthotic inserts are another option and work by changing weight distribution in your feet and ankles.
Joint injections can administer medication within the affected joint, and aspiration can remove excess fluid from the joint. In some cases, surgical intervention is the best course of action. Dr. Cerniglia has extensive training in total ankle replacement procedures and is among very few surgeons who perform these surgical treatments.
There are many cases where no amount of care or preparation can prevent an ankle injury. Anyone can become involved in a car accident, sports injury, or workplace injury that causes ankle damage. It’s also impossible to prevent arthritic conditions that lead to ankle pain.
However, many sports and overuse injuries can be prevented by taking some simple steps. Be sure to wear the proper protective gear during practice and play, and take time to warm up and stretch beforehand. Avoid pushing too far beyond your current physical boundaries or attempting to perform at a level that far outpaces your abilities.
If you find yourself struggling with ankle pain, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. You can book a visit at Ankle and Foot Institute of Texas online, or call to speak with a member of the administrative staff.