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Ankle pain, while usually associated with athletes, can affect anyone at any time. Simple, everyday activities, such as walking or running on an uneven surface, can cause serious harm to your ankle. That’s not to discount athletic injuries. In fact, half of all ankle sprains are the result of athletic activity. But, the most common causes of ankle injuries include tripping or falling, landing awkwardly after jumping, twisting, rolling, and rotating your ankle, or as a result of a sudden impact such as an auto accident.
Some signs that point to a potential ankle injury include pain in the area, swelling, bruising, or an inability to bear weight or walk on the affected leg. You may also notice an increase in the arch height of the afflicted foot.
To understand how the injury occurred, your podiatrist will ask about the events leading up to your ankle pain. X-rays of the foot or leg may also be taken to fully assess what’s happening in the ankle.
There are many different types of ankle injuries, such as sprains, fractures, strains, and tendonitis. We recommend getting plenty of rest, ice to reduce swelling and ease pain, wrapping it for support, and elevating the ankle to reduce any swelling and discomfort.
If you or someone you know has ankle pain or discomfort, we can help.
A Physicians Footcare podiatrist will check for any pain, swelling, or discoloration around your ankle to provide a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Request your appointment now.
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