There are many sources of ankle pain due to the complex array of tendons, ligaments, tissues, and bones in the foot that are susceptible to painful and debilitating injury. The area of pain can radiate from the inside to the outside of the ankle, or along the Achilles tendon, where your lower leg and calf muscles connect to your heel bone.
Some of the most common ankle problems that cause pain include the following:
- Achilles tendonitis or rupture
- Broken ankle
- Peroneal tendonitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Reactive arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sprained ankle
- Stress fractures
Even a seemingly minor ankle injury can bring on severe pain, swelling, redness, and stiffness.
Home remedies and treatment for ankle pain mainly consist of the RICE method:
- Rest—It is very important to take the weight off of the ankle.
- Ice—Apply an ice pack several times a day for 15-20 minutes.
- Compression—Wrap the ankle with a compression bandage to help reduce swelling.
- Elevation—Raising your foot above the level of your heart also reduces swelling.
Pain medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen sodium can reduce discomfort and inflammation. In cases of fractures or other major problems, surgery may be necessary.
If your pain and discomfort are not alleviated after a couple of weeks, or if the swelling remains severe after several days, it may be a sign of a more difficult problem requiring the expertise of a foot care specialist to determine the precise cause of the pain and to make the best recommendations for treatment. The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.