For most people, pain is the first indication that something is not right with their body. Usually due to an underlying injury, ankle pain refers to any kind of sudden or worsening discomfort affecting any part of the ankle. Anyone of any age can experience ankle pain. This condition is often caused by an accidental fall or a sports injury. It is more common in athletes and active men under the age of 24. In women, ankle pain is more prevalent in those over 30. It can affect one or both of your ankles.
Ankle pain is most commonly caused by a sprain. A sprain is an injury to the ligaments that connect your bones. This can occur when the ankle is twisted out of its normal position, usually towards the inside of the leg, causing your ligament to overstretch or tear.
Ankle pain can also be caused by a fracture of one of the bones in your ankle. Because the fibula is quite small compared to the tibia, it is the bone that most commonly breaks. Less common causes of ankle pain include arthritis, gout, and infection.
Achilles tendonitis, or overusing the calf muscles at the back of the leg, can also cause ankle pain. This is more common in runners.
In addition to pain, an injury to your ankle will usually result in swelling, and sometimes bruising, too. Often, you will not be able to bear any weight on your ankle.
If you notice any of these symptoms and moderate to severe ankle pain, you should stay off of your foot and contact a doctor as soon as possible.
Treatment for ankle pain depends on the cause, and whether it is a sprain or fracture.
While treating ankle pain, it is advised that you stay off your foot (with the use of crutches) for a few days or weeks.
When reclining, it’s usually suggested to:
Foot and Ankle Fracture Repair (ORIF)
Ankle Fracture Repair, or Open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF), is a type of surgery used to stabilize and heal a broken bone.
Regenerative Medicine Treatments
Regenerative medicine involves the delivery of growth factors to injured joints and tissues to promote the healing process.