Most people experience pain in or near their ankles or feet at some point during their lifetime. It is one of your body's most intricate and demanding systems. Soft tissue injuries like sprains or strains bring on most short-term foot or ankle discomfort episodes. Bryn J. Henderson, DO, JD, FACPE, and the Regenerative Medical Group, Orange, California staff use a comprehensive and individualized strategy to treat the problem and ensure a quick recovery.
One of the body's most intricate parts is the foot. It comprises 26 bones joined together by joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
The foot is vulnerable to a variety of pressures. Pain, inflammation, and damage can all be brought on by foot issues. These issues may impair one's mobility.
Any pain or discomfort that affects the ankle's various parts is referred to as ankle pain. There are several causes of ankle pain. The most frequent reasons include accidents, arthritic conditions, and everyday wear and tear.
You might have discomfort or stiffness anywhere near the ankle, depending on the cause. Additionally, your ankle can swell and become so sore that you can't bear any weight on it.
Long-term discomfort in the feet or ankles may have several causes, such as:
Badly fitting footwear
Connective tissue diseases
Poor blood circulation
Various illnesses, ailments, and situations can also cause ankle discomfort. These consist of the following:
Arthritis: Arthritis can cause pain and stiffness in the ankle joint. When cartilage, the substance that cushions bones in joints, breaks away, arthritis results. Bones rub against one another due to the collapse. Accidents and overuse can bring on arthritis, and older adults are more likely to develop it. Several types of arthritis may impact the ankles. Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are two common forms.
Flatfoot: Ankle and foot pain and edema might result from shallow or lack of arch. The disorder can occur when a child's arches don't grow normally as they age.
Gout: Gout, a kind of arthritis, is brought on by a buildup of uric acid all over the body. Urinary excretion of uric acid is the norm. Crystals generated by too much uric acid collect in the joints. Ankle gout can be excruciating.
Infection: Cellulitis is an infection that can result in swelling and pain in the ankle joint. A staph infection may lead to osteomyelitis, a bone infection.
To prevent ankle pain caused by injuries, you should:
Maintain a healthy weight since carrying additional pounds puts stress on your ankles and other joints.
By maintaining the strength of additional muscles, you'll support your ankles and lower your chance of injury.
If you get pain, stop immediately. Take a rest if a motion or activity is bothersome. If the pain doesn't go away, consult your doctor. Exercise despite discomfort might exacerbate injuries.
Before exercising, carefully warm up by stretching. Warmth makes it less probable for muscles and soft tissues (such as ligaments and tendons) to sustain damage.
Ankle and foot pain can be a sign of various diseases and accidents. Walking may be difficult or impossible due to swelling, stiffness, and pain. Most foot and ankle ailments improve with home remedies like elevating your foot and getting lots of rest.
Consult your physician if the pain is excruciating, you have significant swelling, or it doesn't subside after a few days. You can get back on your feet with several noninvasive procedures.