What is an ankle pain?
Ankle pain is often due to an ankle sprain but can also be caused by ankle instability, arthritis, gout, tendonitis, fracture, nerve compression (tarsal tunnel syndrome), infection and poor structural alignment of the leg or foot. Ankle pain can be associated with swelling, stiffness, redness, and warmth in the involved area. The pain is often described as an intense dull ache that occurs upon weight bearing and ankle motion.
Symptoms of ankle pain includes:
- ankle swelling
- numbness or tingling
- burning pain
- inability to bear weight on the affected ankle
What causes ankle pain?
An ankle sprain is an injury to the tough bands of tissue (ligaments) that surround and connect the bones of the leg to the foot. The injury typically happens when you accidentally twist or turn your ankle in an awkward way. This can stretch or tear the ligaments that hold your ankle bones and joints together.
Nerve Damage or Injuries
Nerves are fragile and can be damaged by pressure to the ankle when exercising or stretching. When nerve is cut, both the nerve and the insulation are broken preventing muscles from working and causing loss of feelings to the ankles.
Blocked Blood Vessels
Blocked blood vessels can cause ankles to be swollen because of increase pressure in veins or lymphatics. The blockage involves the formation of blood clot in a deep vein in the thigh or lower lef that blocks blood flow.
Infection in the Joint
Joint inflammation can cause infection to the joint of the ankles. This occurs when sports injuries are not treated properly and in a timely manner. Visit your local pain management Doctor to get the proper treatments.
When to see a Doctor about ankle pain?
Visit our pain management center in Beverly Hills for ankle pain if you:
- have intense pain even when you are not in motion or putting any weight on your ankle.
- Cannot put any weight on your ankle and the joint looks visibly disfigured
- Your ankle makes a popping sound when you try to walk to stand