Sudden ankle pain can strike out of nowhere, leaving you puzzled and uncomfortable. While it is easy to attribute such pain to a recent injury, there are instances when ankle pain seemingly appears out of thin air. Having an understanding the potential causes of sudden ankle pain without any obvious injury is important for proper management. One common culprit is overuse or strain. Repetitive movements, such as excessive walking or standing for extended periods, can lead to inflammation and discomfort in the ankle joint. Another factor to consider is footwear. Wearing ill-fitting shoes or high heels can strain the ankle, resulting in unexpected pain. Additionally, conditions such as gout or arthritis can manifest in the ankle joint, causing sudden and severe discomfort. Nerve compression or impingement may also be responsible for unexplained ankle pain. Additionally, changes in weather and temperature can impact joint health, potentially triggering discomfort. If you are experiencing sudden ankle pain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can determine the cause and offer appropriate treatment options.
Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from InStride Family Foot Care. Our doctors 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.
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
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
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.
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.
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 offices located in Concord, Charlotte, and Salisbury, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.