There are various forms of arthritis that can cause ankle pain. Osteoarthritis, known as OA, is considered to be the most common form of arthritis. It happens when the cartilage that is found on the ends of the bones which form the joints breaks down. This generally occurs gradually, and symptoms that are felt can consist of pain, stiffness, and the ankle may be difficult to move. If the immune system attacks the joints rather than protects the body from infection, it may be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis. This is a chronic, inflammatory disease that affects the joints of the feet and ankles, possibly causing a lack of function. Gout is another type of arthritis that typically affects the joints in the big toe, but can radiate to the ankles and feet. If you have ankle pain, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can determine if it is connected to arthritis, and offer you treatment options that are best for you.
Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Norfolk Foot & Ankle Group. 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 one of our offices located in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Chesapeake, VA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.