What is Causing My Ankle Pain?

What is Causing My Ankle Pain?

Ankle pain is fairly common and can be a symptom of a number of podiatry problems. In many cases, ankle pain may be the result of a ankle painsimple ankle sprain. Stress or injury to any of the bones or connective tissue that stabilize the foot and ankle can also cause pain and affect the ankle's range of motion and ability to withstand pressure when you walk or move your foot. Dr. Laura Pickard, a podiatrist in the Norridge, IL, area offers diagnostic and treatment services for ankle pain and other foot and ankle conditions and injuries.

Ankle Pain Treatment in Norridge, IL

In addition to a sprained ankle, there are a number of injuries and conditions that can also cause ankle pain:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Ankle fracture or break
  • Tendon rupture
  • Arthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Gout
  • Bursitis (inflammation of the ankle joint)
  • Scar tissue or ankle instability from a previous injury

In many cases, conservative treatments like rest, icing the ankle, and taking over the counter pain relievers like Advil and Motrin can relieve swelling and minor ankle pain depending on the underlying cause of the pain. But if you are experiencing severe pain that persists for more than a few days or have difficulty walking and putting pressure on the ankle, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as soon as possible for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

If your ankle pain requires treatment, there are several options available, depending on the cause and severity of the injury. Some of the ankle pain and injury treatment options available include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Splinting/cast or bracing the ankle
  • Prescription medications (steroids or cortisone pills or injections)
  • In rare cases, surgery to repair a severe break or tendon rupture

Find a Podiatrist in Norridge, IL

For more information about your treatment options for ankle pain and other orthopedic conditions and injuries, contact Norridge Foot Clinic by calling 773-625-2211 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pickard today.

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