Chronic ankle pain is…well, it’s a pain. And it can be quite debilitating. Almost half of all people who sprain their ankle once will develop chronic pain, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
There are many causes for chronic ankle pain beside just spraining your ankle. These include an ankle fracture, arthritis, inflammation of the joint and a torn or inflamed tendon.
You can help minimize the possibility of developing chronic pain by following your doctor’s orders carefully after an ankle injury. Here are a few things to keep in mind when recovering…
- Be sure to complete the prescribed physical rehabilitation program.
- Do not return to activity until your doctor says it’s o.k. to do so.
- Use an ankle brace rather than taping the ankle if returning to sports.
- If you wear hi-top shoes, be sure to lace them properly and completely.
What Can I do about Chronic Ankle Pain?
First of all, see your podiatrist and get a thorough examination. There are several methods that can be used, both conservative (nonoperative) and surgical methods, to help deal with ankle pain.
Conservative treatments include:
- Anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen to reduce swelling
- Physical therapy
- An ankle brace or other support
- An injection of a steroid medication
- In the case of a fracture, immobilization to allow the bone to heal
You really need to take ankle injuries seriously and get them examined by an expert. The sooner you get help, the better for your overall outcome.
If you are looking for a podiatrist in the Bradenton or Sarasota area, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in their Bradenton Podiatry office or Sarasota Podiatry office.