Injuries to your ankle, such as strains, sprains, and breaks, may feel alike, but there are differences. In today’s post, Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, shares information regarding the causes, symptoms, and treatment of ankle pain.
Strains: Strains typically occur when muscles or tendons around the ankle have pulled or become stretched excessively or repetitively. While the symptoms of an ankle strain are similar to an ankle sprain, there may also be some muscle spasms and cramping.
Sprains: An injury that has resulted in an abnormal tear or stretch in the ligaments that bind and support the ankle. There may be a distinct pop when the ankle is sprained and various degrees of bruising, swelling, inflammation, and pain occur. In some cases, there may be a deformity, depending on the severity of the sprain. Walking on a sprained foot can also be difficult or even impossible.
Breaks: Breaks are fractures, chips, or complete breaks in one or more of your ankle bones. It can be impossible to walk on a broken ankle.
Regardless of which of these injuries has occurred, the recommendation is you see a podiatrist immediately for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Ankle Pain: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle, and in some cases, it is quite serious. Because the ankle consists of muscles, bones, ligaments, and tendons, ankle pain can result from several different conditions.
Common Causes of Ankle Pain:
- Ankle sprains
- Achilles tendinitis
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Broken ankles
- Stress fractures
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome.
Symptoms of Ankle Pain
The symptoms a patient experiences varies based on the condition. Pain may include:
- General discomfort and pain
- Stabbing or burning sensations
- Loss of sensation.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Ankle Pain
Because of the various possible causes of ankle pain, podiatrists use several methods to diagnose the source correctly. It can include discussing family medical histories and any recent injuries. Additional diagnoses may include a physical examination, x-rays, sensation tests, or other imaging tests.
And just as the range of causes varies extensively, so do treatment options. Some common treatments include:
- Ice packs
- Orthotics and braces
- Medication for pain and swelling
- Keeping pressure off the foot
If you’re experiencing ankle pain, contact Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, today to schedule a visit. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling us at 425-455-0936.