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Ankle Pain


There are many causes for ankle pain. It can be caused by biomechanical abnormalities, diseases that cause ankle instability or accidental injury. In Singapore, about 85% of ankle injuries are caused by ankle sprains.

 

Chronic conditions that cause the pain come in various forms. It can be the result of unresolved fracture, Peroneal Tendon injuries, Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD), gout, rheumatoid arthritis, Tarsal tunnel syndrome (nerve compression), infection and poor structural alignment such as flat foot.

 

Ankle pain can be identified by symptoms such as swelling, stiffness and redness in the affected area. Pain can range from a dull ache to a sharp burning pain that occurs during weight bearing activities such as standing or walking.

Since there can be numerous causes for ankle pain, it is crucial for ankle pain sufferers to seek consultation from a healthcare professional. An ankle specialist, such as a podiatrist, will be able to give you a thorough foot assessment using diagnostic equipment such as musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound to determine the source of your ankle pain. Most ankle conditions can be cured using non-invasive treatment plans offered by podiatry. If surgery is required, your podiatrist will refer you to a trusted foot and ankle doctor for surgical solutions.

For temporary pain relief and comfort, foot specialists recommend following steps:

 

  • REST the foot
  • ICE the ankle for pain relief
  • ELEVATE the foot to help with the swelling
  • IMMOBILISE the ankle to avoid further worsening of the condition

Treatment for Ankle Pain

Some potential conditions associated with ankle pain are as follows:

  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Gout
  • Fracture
  • Peroneal tendon injuries
  • Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome (nerve compression)

Do not leave ankle pain untreated as it may cause irreversible deformities and disability that affects your daily life.

 

 

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