Pain in the Ankle

By Andrew Heideman, PT, ATC

Pain in the ankle joint can occur in any of the ligaments.

The anatomy of the Ankle.

Pain in the Ankle- Causes

This condition can be from a number of different reasons. The ankle joint itself can be injured by ligament sprain or fracture.  The severity of injury is determined by the amount of damage to the ligaments of the ankle or a fracture or break to the bones of the ankle.  A fracture can be determined by getting an x-ray image of the ankle bones.  There are 3 different grades of ankle sprains.  The severity of the ankle injury can be determined by the amount of swelling, the inability to bear weight on the ankle and the amount of pain.  However, it is important to be properly evaluated by an orthopaedic physician.

Ankle pain can also occur due to other conditions such as arthritis, gout, rheumatoid  arthritis, stress fractures and osteoarthritis.  If you want to learn more about ankle pain, go to:

Our medical library and trending section also has articles about the other causes of pain in the ankle.  Here are the link for the library and our JOI trending section.

Are There Foot and Ankle Symptoms that I Should Not Ignore?

The quick answer is yes.  If you have pain with walking, or increased swelling in your feet or ankles, you should see a foot and ankle specialist.  To learn more, Read this article on 5 Foot and Ankle Symptoms You Should Not Ignore.

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy often helps with the pain and swelling associated with ankle injuries.  Sometimes the joint will be immobilized with a walking boot or a brace.  To decrease the amount of pressure on the joint, crutches may be issued to allow the joint to heal.  Physical therapy modalities and gentle ROM can help decrease the swelling and pain in the ankle joint.  It is important to also continue rehab to improve the strength and proprioception or balance of involved ankle.

If you want to learn more about ankle sprains, please go to this video: Ankle Sprains

JOI Fracture and Injury Care

JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP fracture and injury care. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. To learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000.

To schedule an appointment with a JOI Orthopaedic Ankle Specialist, please call JOI-2000, schedule online or click below.

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