Ankle Pain

Typically, swelling for ankle pain should diminish within a few days and heal within a few weeks, but if your ankle pain is persistent, it’s likely that you’ve got a chronic case on your hands. A doctor should be seen if weight cannot be put on the ankle, if popping or cracking sounds are apparent, or when there is intense pain without moving the ankle.

What is Ankle Pain?

The ankle is where the bones of the leg and foot meet. Structures within and surrounding the ankle include joint space, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. If any of these structures becomes damaged or injured, ankle pain may result.

Ankle Pain Causes

An ankle sprain is one of the most common causes of ankle pain — making up 85 percent of all ankle injuries. However, other common causes include:

  • Injuries, such as sprains and strains
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Gout

Ankle Pain Symptoms

There are a wide variety of symptoms associated with ankle pain, these include:

  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Instability
  • Burning sensations
  • Stiffness
  • Weakness
  • Inability to bear weight on the ankle

Ankle Pain Risks

You are at a greater risk of developing an ankle problem if you are:

  • Obese or carry extra weight
  • Fail to warm up before a physical activity
  • Pushing through muscle or ligament fatigue
  • Performing intense physical activity without prior conditioning

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