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Ankle Fractures and Sprains

Monday, 13 January 2020 00:00

Many people experience some type of ankle pain throughout their lifetime. Research has indicated this type of pain occurs as a result of exercising or participating in sporting activities. The function of the ankle is to help keep the body balanced while walking or running, and it may become injured if it is sprained or fractured. A sprain is identified as an injury that occurs to the ligaments, and it may take several weeks to heal. If the sprain is severe, it may appear to be a fracture, and an X-ray is generally performed to determine which type of injury it is. A broken ankle can occur after having fallen, and symptoms can include severe pain and swelling. In both types of injuries, it may be difficult to walk on the affected ankle. If you have sprained or fractured your ankle, it is advised that you speak with a podiatrist who can help you to manage this injury.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Gabriel Lazar from Advanced Foot Care. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in El Paso, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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