Ankle Pain

Understanding the causes of ankle injuries

Often developing after a sprained ankle or similar injury, ankle pain is either chronic or recurring pain that occurs in or around the ankle joint. Less often, the pain may have other causes, including:

  • A fractured bone in the ankle joint
  • Arthritis that affects the ankle joint
  • Inflammation (swelling) of the joint lining
  • An injury to the nerves that pass through the ankle, such as a direct blow, stretching, tearing, or pinching under pressure
  • Scar tissue that has formed after an ankle sprain
  • Torn or inflamed tendons

How to tell if you have ankle pain

The signs and symptoms of this condition include:

  • Pain on the outer side of the ankle, ranging from moderate to intense
  • Difficulty walking in high heels or on uneven ground
  • Ankle instability
  • Repeated ankle sprains
  • Stiffness, swelling, and/or tenderness

Treating ankle pain

The Family Foot & Ankle Clinic can provide you with the right treatment to ease your pain and restore your quality of life. Depending on the severity of the injury, treatment options include:

  • Over-the-counter or prescription anti-inflammatory medication, to reduce swelling (Note: Please consult your doctor before you take any medications)
  • Steroid medication
  • Ankle braces or other supports
  • Immobilization (for fractures) to allow the bones to heal
  • Physical therapy such as tilt-board exercises that strengthen muscles, restore range of motion, and increase your perception of joint position to help prevent further injuries

If you have signs and symptoms of ankle pain, please contact us to discuss your treatment options, or to make an appointment with Dr. LaMour.